Bellator 271: Linton Vassell Believes He’s Next For The Title

Hollywood, FL – With a win over Tyrell Fortune (11-2) Linton Vassell believes they fought the title eliminator fight and he should be next in line to fight for the Bellator heavyweight title.

Vassell (21-8) had said at Bellator’s media day that he believed the winner of his bout vs Fortune should be next to fight the winner of current heavyweight champion Ryan Bader and interim champ Valentin Modavsky.

“I would like another fight but at the end of the day I always feel like we’re our own worst enemies. We all want to have an amazing performance. It would have been nice to knock him out or finish him. At the end of the day I feel like I’m 38 now. That’s 3 wins. Sergei Kharitonov was supposed to be fighting for the belt if he beat me. Ronny Markes another black belt. And an 11-1 Tyrell Fortune who was on a winning streak as well. I beat three of them so….I don’t know who should be next really to fight either Ryan Bader or Valentin Modavsky. I feel like I’m next,” Vassell said.

“But it’s not up to me, is it?”

On a lighter note it was pointed out that with the influx of MMA fighters entering the pro wrestling ring and being a fan himself, would he try to do the same.

“I like being a fan but I don’t know man. They take too many bumps. I feel like there’s more injuries in that than there is doing what we do. Unless they offer me some silly money and I didn’t have to take like a tombstone or a Brock Lesnar suplex then maybe. We’ll see.”

Watch the full Bellator 271 post-fight press conference with Linton Vassell above. More coverage from the event can be found below.