The black belt in karate Matt Mitrione entered this fight with a pro mma record of 13-7-0 (85% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he is ranked as the No.24 heavyweight in the world. His last victory occurred in 2018 when he beat Roy Nelson (Roy Nelson vs Matt Mitrione 2); after this bout he lost to Ryan Bader (Ryan Bader vs Matt Mitrione) and he faced twice Sergei Kharitonov (no contest their first bout Matt Mitrione vs Sergei Kharitonov and another loss in their second one Matt Mitrione vs Sergei Kharitonov 2).
His opponent, Timothy Johnson, has a record of 13-6-0 (77% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.46 in the same weight class but he lost two out of his last three fights, against Cheick Kongo (Cheick Kongo vs Timothy Johnson) and Vitaly Minakov (Vitaly Minakov vs Timothy Johnson); after this bout he comes back to win with Tyrell Fortune in 2020. Johnson vs Mitrione is on the undercard of Michael Chandler vs Benson Henderson 2 – Bellator 243. Watch the video and rate this fight!