|Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut, USA Date: Friday, 25 June|
|Coverage: Watch live coverage on BBC iPlayer from 23:00 BST|
The USA’s Timothy Johnson and Liz ‘Girl-Rilla’ Carmouche will be in action as Bellator 261 is broadcast live on BBC iPlayer from 23:00 BST this Friday.
Johnson, 36, will take on Valentin Moldavsky for the first Bellator interim heavyweight title and Carmouche faces flyweight Kana Watanabe in the co-main event.
The winner of the interim title will become heavyweight champion Ryan Bader’s challenger, when he returns to the division after the conclusion of the light-heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.
The programme will be available in full on catch-up and you can watch the best fights on demand as full replays.
Unbeaten in three, Johnson is first in the promotion’s heavyweight rankings.
But he faces a tough contest against the 29-year-old Ukrainian, who beat Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson at Bellator 244 and is riding a five-fight win streak.
The main event will see a battle between second and third-ranked flyweight fighters Carmouche and Watanabe, the latter unbeaten in eleven.
Former featherweight title challenger Daniel Weichel battles the undefeated Keoni Diggs, tenth-ranked light-heavyweight Christian Edwards takes on Simon Biyong and lightweight Sidney ‘Da Gun’ Outlaw faces fourth-ranked Myles ‘Fury’ Jury.
Elsewhere on the preliminary card are two all-American fights: California’s Jaylon Bates takes on Cody ‘Mad Cat’ Matthews in a 125lb bout and Taylor ‘Tombstone’ Johnson comes to blows with Lance ‘The Boogeyman’ Wright.
Additional prelims include a women’s strawweight fight pitting Lena Ovchynnikova against Kyra Batara and a lightweight bout between Soren Bak and Bobby Lee.
All the action comes live from Bellator’s Fight Sphere at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.
What is Bellator MMA?
Bellator is a US-based mixed martial arts promotion considered by many to be the closest rival to the UFC.
The organisation has its own world titles and boasts a roster of fighters, including some of the best mixed martial artists around.
MMA is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and is a blend of multiple martial arts such as karate, Muay Thai, kickboxing, taekwondo, boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling.
Friday, 25 June
23:00-04:30 (main card from 02:00) – BBC iPlayer
You can also watch Bellator 262 on 16 July, live on BBC iPlayer, with more information to be announced.
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