Timothy Johnson (fighter)

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Timothy Johnson
Born (1985-03-13) March 13, 1985 (age 38)
Lamberton, Minnesota, United States
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) [1]
Weight264 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st)
Division Heavyweight
Reach78 in (198 cm) [2]
Fighting out of Fargo, North Dakota, United States
TeamAcademy of Combat Arts
Xtreme Couture [3]
Wrestling NCAA Division II Wrestling [4]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total25
Wins16
By knockout7
By submission5
By decision4
Losses9
By knockout5
By submission1
By decision3
University Minnesota State University Moorhead
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Timothy Johnson (born March 13, 1985) [5] is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the Heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2010, he has also competed for the UFC. As of September 26, 2023, he is #7 in the Bellator Heavyweight Rankings. [6]

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Mixed martial arts career

After completing his collegiate career as a two-time All-American wrestler at Division II Minnesota State University Moorhead, Johnson made his professional mixed martial arts debut in October 2010. He competed primarily for regional organizations around his adopted home of North Dakota. He amassed a record of 7–1, finishing all of his opponents, before signing with the UFC on the heels of a first round finish of Travis Wiuff in October 2014. [7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Johnson made his promotional debut against Shamil Abdurakhimov on April 4, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 63. [8] He won the fight via TKO in the final seconds of the first round. [9]

Johnson next faced Jared Rosholt on August 8, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 73. [10] Despite staggering and nearly finishing Rosholt with strikes in the last minute of the fight, Johnson lost the fight via unanimous decision. [11]

Johnson faced promotional newcomer Marcin Tybura on April 10, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 86. [12] He won the fight via unanimous decision. [13]

Johnson next faced Alexander Volkov on November 19, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 99. [14] Volkov was awarded a controversial split decision victory. [15] 12 out of 12 media scores gave the bout to Johnson. [16]

Johnson faced Daniel Omielańczuk on March 18, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 107. [17] He won the back and forth fight by split decision (28–29, 30–27, and 29–28). [18]

Johnson faced promotional newcomer Júnior Albini on July 22, 2017, at UFC on Fox 25. [19] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round. [20]

Johnson faced Marcelo Golm on February 3, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 125. [21] He won the fight via unanimous decision. [22] The fight marked the last bout of his prevailing contract, and the UFC opted not to renew it. [23]

Bellator MMA

On April 13, 2018, it was revealed that Johnson had signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA. [24]

Johnson made his debut against Cheick Kongo on October 13, 2018, at Bellator 208. [25] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Johnson was scheduled to face Azunna Anyanwu in the prelims of Bellator 225 on August 24, 2019. However, on the day of the fight, it was announced that Johnson would fill in for Javy Ayala and face former Bellator Heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov in the co main event. [26] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.

Johnson next faced Tyrell Fortune at Bellator 239 on February 21, 2020. [27] He won the fight by knockout in the first round.

Johnson next faced Matt Mitrione on August 7, 2020, at Bellator 243. [28] He won the fight via technical knockout in the first round. [29]

On October 10, 2020, Johnson rematched Cheick Kongo at Bellator 248 in Paris, France. He would avenge his previous loss to Kongo with a split-decision victory. [30]

With heavyweight champion Ryan Bader moving on in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Tournament, Johnson faced Valentin Moldavsky for the Bellator Interim Heavyweight World Championship at Bellator 261 on June 25, 2021. [31] He lost the bout by unanimous decision. [32]

Johnson faced Fedor Emelianenko on October 23, 2021, at Bellator 269. [33] He lost the bout via knockout in the first round. [34]

Johnson was scheduled to rematch Tyrell Fortune on April 15, 2022, at Bellator 277. [35] However, on March 1, 2022, it was announced by Bellator that Johnson was expected to face Linton Vassell and Fortune was set to meet Steve Mowry in the event. [36] Despite rocking Vassell early in the round, Johnson lost the bout via TKO at the end of the first. [37]

Johnson faced Said Sowma on April 21, 2023, at Bellator 294. [38] He won the bout via unanimous decision. [39]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
25 matches16 wins9 losses
By knockout75
By submission51
By decision43
Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win16–9Said SowmaDecision (unanimous) Bellator 294 April 21, 202335:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss15–9 Linton Vassell TKO (punches) Bellator 277 April 15, 202214:21 San Jose, California, United States
Loss15–8 Fedor Emelianenko KO (punches) Bellator 269 October 23, 202111:46 Moscow, Russia
Loss15–7 Valentin Moldavsky Decision (unanimous) Bellator 261 June 25, 202155:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United StatesFor the interim Bellator Heavyweight World Championship.
Win15–6 Cheick Kongo Decision (split) Bellator 248 October 10, 202035:00 Paris, France
Win14–6 Matt Mitrione TKO (punches) Bellator 243 August 7, 202013:14 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win13–6Tyrell FortuneKO (punch) Bellator 239 February 21, 202012:35 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss12–6 Vitaly Minakov KO (punches) Bellator 225 August 24, 201911:45 Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Loss12–5 Cheick Kongo KO (punches) Bellator 208 October 13, 201811:08 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win12–4 Marcelo Golm Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders February 3, 201835:00 Belém, Brazil
Loss11–4 Júnior Albini TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Weidman vs. Gastelum July 22, 201712:51 Uniondale, New York, United States
Win11–3 Daniel Omielańczuk Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson March 18, 201735:00 London, England
Loss10–3 Alexander Volkov Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 November 19, 201635:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win10–2 Marcin Tybura Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos April 10, 201635:00 Zagreb, Croatia
Loss9–2 Jared Rosholt Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux August 8, 201535:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win9–1 Shamil Abdurakhimov TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas April 4, 201514:57 Fairfax, Virginia, United StatesPerformance of the Night.
Win8–1 Travis Wiuff TKO (punches)Dakota FC 19October 25, 201413:36 Fargo, North Dakota, United StatesDefended the Dakota FC Heavyweight Championship.
Win7–1Kevin AsplundSubmission (front choke)Beatdown at 4 Bears 11June 7, 201412:41 New Town, North Dakota, United StatesDefended the Dakota FC Heavyweight Championship.
Win6–1Brett MurphyTKO (slam and punches)Dakota FC 18April 26, 201421:17 Fargo, North Dakota, United StatesDefended the Dakota FC Heavyweight Championship.
Win5–1Brian HedenTKO (punches)Dakota FC 17January 11, 201422:56 Fargo, North Dakota, United StatesWon the Dakota FC Heavyweight Championship.
Win4–1Scott HoughSubmission (arm-triangle choke)Max Fights 18October 26, 201314:56 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win3–1Dean LambSubmission (punches)Max Fights 17March 23, 201310:34 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win2–1Shane DeZeeSubmission (americana)Max Fights 16November 17, 201210:49 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Loss1–1Lance PetersonSubmission (kimura)Max Fights 13March 19, 201122:52 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win1–0Travis WileySubmission (rear-naked choke)Max Fights 11October 30, 201012:23 Fargo, North Dakota, United States

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