Bellator signs Lavar Johnson

Bellator signs Lavar Johnson

Bellator MMA has announced the signing of former UFC heavyweight Lavar Johnson.

“Big” comes to the promotion after runs in both the UFC and Strikeforce. He was released following a second consecutive defeat at the hands of Brendan Schaub earlier this year.

Johnson (17-7) won his first two UFC fights, finishing both Joey Beltran and Pat Barry. He also lost to Stefan Struve via armbar in 2012.

According to a report by The MMA Report, Johnson will join fellow ex-UFC fighter Cheick Kongo in the upcoming heavyweight tournament, slated to start this fall. His suspension for a failed post-fight drug test has also expired.

Posted by Kelley Tidwell