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Valentin Moldavsky said “nowhere to go but topic” after Vassell.

Former Interim Bellator MMA Heavyweight Champion Valentin Moldavsky returns to fight at Bellator 292 in a rematch against Linton Vassell.

when victorious He believes he will fight Ryan Bader for the title next.

“Is that the only thing that makes sense? Number one fights number two,” Moldavsky (11-2, 1NC) said during this week’s Bellator 292 media day. Moldavsky is ranked No. 1 in the weight class with Vassell right behind him. “There is no place to go other than the title”

Russia’s Moldavsky once fought Bader. by having just fought with the heavyweight champion a few years ago Last month, his mentor, Fedor Emelianenko, was removed from office due to the loss of “Darth” Bader.

However, Molafski now has Vassell to focus on. And he didn’t pay much attention to their first bout. This gave the Russian a decisive victory in Vassell’s first heavyweight bout in years.

“I didn’t watch our first fight. That was four years ago. He just became a heavyweight. Therefore, I think he is still quite familiar with the weight class, ”Moldowski said. “But I watched Timothy’s fight. Johnson and Tyrell Fortune, because now I can see his moves as a heavyweight. which he was already used to.”

As a result, Molafski expects to see Vassell with “A little bit more strong” this Friday and “a little bit more resourceful in the heavyweight division. our first fight That was one thing he was getting tired of. He seemed to have gotten used to his weight and strength by now. I don’t think he’ll go any faster. He was never really a fan of speed. But he was a very crafty person. And quite clingy, likes to tie you up if he can set his game. It can be dangerous. I don’t expect him to be faster. But stronger, yes, and more cardio.”

Watch the full Bellator 292 Media Day appearance by Valentin Moldavsky above. The card will be held at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on Friday, March 10, 2023.

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