Former Bellator middleweight title challenger Anatoly Tokov could fight his next fight under the RCC banner against his compatriot and former rival Magomed Ismailov.
This was stated in an interview with MVP Media by the executive director of the Russian organization Nikolai Klimenko.
“Tokov – Ismailov, this is the fight that I want to organize,” Klimenko said. “Actually, we discussed it, and I would do it at the end of the year. We talked, and there is such a moment that Bellator can let Tokov go. He had a fight for the belt, and he lost it, thereby opening up the opportunity to compete with us. This is the fight that I think everyone would like to see.”
The first fight between Russian middleweights took place ten years ago under the banner of M-1 Global and ended with the victory of Tokov Kimura in the first round.
Last month, 33-year-old Anatoly Tokov made an unsuccessful attempt to take away the Bellator championship belt from Johnny Eblin, losing to the American by unanimous decision after five rounds, and 36-year-old Magomed Ismailov made a successful debut in professional boxing the day before, winning by a majority of judges’ votes from Ivan Shtyrkov at RCC Boxing tournament in Yekaterinburg.