Heavyweight contender Tim Johnson was picked among the lucky fighters to welcome Legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko back to the Octagon in the Main Event Of Bellator 269, taking place at the VTB Arena in Moscow.
According to Marcelo Golm, Emelianenko and Johnson are just going to give the Fans another boring showdown.
Johnson needed only 15 minutes to dispatch Golm, handing him his first professional loss back in 2018. However, Golm has moved on from that loss and will be facing Billy Swanson in Friday Nights Bellator 265, which takes place at Sioux Falls.
The fight between Johnson and Golm was so bad, the UFC released Johnson, who now fights under in the Bellator banner. Golm however feels, the fight between Johnson and Emelianenko will end up the same way.
“He’s the guy that gave me my first loss, and it was a boring fight without much action,” Golm said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “He put me against the cage and stayed there, stalling. He will definitely [try the same against Emelianenko], especially because of the size difference. He’s way bigger than Fedor, so I think he will use his weight to at least spend some time against the cage.
Golm predicts Johnson will like to use that strategy as Fedor is an explosive fight, giving Johnson no option but to try stalling the action and using his size difference to his advantage.
“He knows Fedor is very explosive. It’s not the same Fedor of old, of course, but it’s still Fedor. He’s still dangerous and explosive. I think [Johnson] will try to keep him there for at least the first and second rounds to tire Fedor out. The same thing. If he’s strategist, he’ll do that.”
Golm believes that the fight will end in Johnson’s favour, a unanimous decision victory over Emelianenko. Emelianenko has been inactive since 2019 and his last outing saw him dominate and knockout Quintin Jackson and Golm couldn’t believe Bellator picked Johnson to face the former PRIDE Champion.
“I won’t be the guy that underestimates Fedor,” he said, “but I think Tim Johnson will end up winning by points.”