Bellator 239: Watch Timothy Johnson Hand Tyrell Fortune First Defeat With Booming Right Hand
Tyrell Fortune had done nothing but win since moving into MMA, but that came to an end Friday night, courtesy a right hand from Timothy Johnson.
Tyrell Fortune has been delivering on the hype that surrounded his move to MMA. But at Bellator 239, Friday night, the decorated wrestler had his perfect record spoiled by Timothy Johnson.
Johnson crushes Fortune with a massive right
Due to the fact Fortune is a former NCAA Division II champ, there was a lot of buzz surrounding his move into pro MMA back in 2016. Bellator signed Fortune right out of the gate and the heavyweight proceeded to go 8-0 prior to Friday night.
In fact, on account of his success, Fortune recently said the following (quote via MMA Junkie):
“He (Johnson) is the biggest name I’ve fought to date so I think that is a big motivation for me just to grow my brand, grow my name and let guys know, ‘OK, this is someone you want to watch,’” Fortune said. “I am ready to start taking everybody out. I truly believe that I am the best heavyweight in the world at this time, right now.”
Well, as you can see below, Johnson reminded the fight world that with heavyweights, it only takes on shot.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) February 22, 2020
— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) February 22, 2020
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It’s a tough loss for Fortune, but no one should be closing the book on him being a future contender at this stage. He’s only 29, which is quite young for heavyweights, and he’s still fairly new to the sport.
It was a massive, massive win for Johnson, who was coming off back-to-back KO losses to Cheick Kongo and Vitaly Minakov. The UFC vet now has a record of 13-6.
Bellator 239 results
Here are the complete results for Bellator 239, which took place in Thackerville, Oklahoma.
Bellator 239: Ruth vs. Amosov Main Card:
Yaroslav Amosov (23-0) defeated Ed Ruth (8-2) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Myles Jury (18-5) defeated Brandon Girtz (16-9) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tim Johnson (13-6) defeated Tyrell Fortune (8-1) via KO (punches) at 2:35 of round one
Valentin Moldavsky (9-1) defeated Javy Ayala (11-8) via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-24)
Davion Franklin (1-0) defeated J.W. Kiser (5-3) via TKO (punches) at 1:30 of round one
Chris Gonzalez (4-0) defeated Aaron McKenzie (7-2-1) via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)
Kevin Croom (21-12) defeated Adil Benjilany (5-3, 1 NC) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cris Lencioni (6-2) defeated Salim Mukhidinov (7-4) via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Kyle Crutchmer (6-0) defeated Scott Futrell (11-10) via submission (anaconda choke) at 2:58 of round one
Grant Neal (3-0) defeated Claude Wilcox (1-2) via TKO (punches) at 3:37 of round three
Josh Hill (19-3) defeated Vinicius Zani (11-6) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Solo Hatley Jr. (8-2) defeated Gaston Bolanos (5-3) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Denise Kielholtz (5-2) defeated Kristina Williams (3-3) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:15 of round one
TeeJay Britton (6-2) defeated Gabriel Varga (1-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Keith Lee (6-3) defeated Shawn Bunch (9-5) via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)
Christian Edwards (3-0) defeated Marco Hutch (3-3) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)