Bellator 115 (April 4, 2014) – that is the last time the Bellator heavyweight championship was defended.
Then-champion Vitaly Minakov retained the title against Cheick Kongo after a decision win.
The belt has likely gathered dust on Minakov’s mantle though the Russian fighter has competed four times in his home country. In May 2016 with MMA Junkie, Bellator President Scott Coker announced that it stripped Minakov of the title.
Since then, the Bellator heavyweight championship has been locked away in whatever part of the promotion’s warehouse. Or maybe it’s in Coker’s office, waiting for a new fighter to claim it.
Now is as good as time as any to find that fighter. In the last couple of years, Bellator has bolstered its heavyweight division signing well-known competitors like former Pride Heavyweight champion legend Fedor Emelianenko and “The Ultimate Fighter 10” alum Matt Mitrione, who are scheduled to clash at Bellator 172.
But there are a couple of fighters in Bellator who joined the roster later in their careers but have found success in the promotion’s cage – Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will face each other in a heavyweight bout in Bellator 175’s main event.
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