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Linton Vassell pulls off a miraculous first-round comeback against Tim Johnson

Linton Vassell pulls off a miraculous first-round comeback against Tim Johnson at Bellator 277.

The Bellator 277 main card got off to a wild start between two top heavyweight contenders. Bellator heavyweight Linton Vassell looked dejected in the first round against Tim Johnson, but he pulled off one of the most wonderful wins of his career.

Johnson started finding a groove midway through the first round with a big right hand. He was able to drop Vassell briefly before securing lateral control.

But Vassell was undeterred by Johnson. After almost being KO’d by Johnson, he reversed his position into the top mount and landed some heavy ground-and-pound punches.

After retrieving Johnson, he was able to land some heavy elbows and finish off Johnson via TKO.

Linton Vassell challenged former interim champion Valentin Moldavsky after the win

Johnson came into the fight looking to get back on track after back-to-back losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Valentin Moldavsky. His most recent loss came from a first-round knockout from a right hook by Emelianenko.

Before his two losses, Johnson had three straight wins over Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione and Tyrell Fortune. He earned an interim heavyweight title shot against Moldavsky, losing via a unanimous decision.

Vassell was to date with three straight wins of his own, most recently against Fortune at Bellator 271. He also had placements against the likes of Sergei Kharitonov and Liam McGeary.

The win over Johnson puts Vassell in the heavyweight title fight conversation, and he could face a top contender for his next Bellator outing.

Bellator 277: AJ McKee vs. Patricio Pitbull 2 ​​took place live from the SAP Center in San Jose, California on Friday, April 15, 2022. Follow FanSided MMA who will be on hand for all your news and highlights.

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