has re-signed with Bellator

The former heavyweight champion was stripped by the promotion of
his title in 2015 due to inactivity. He has since fought in Russia
under the Fight Nights Global banner, where he has notched seven
finishes in as many appearances. With 21 fights in the sport of
mixed martial arts, he has yet to be defeated.

Minakov’s departure is part of the reason Bellator is holding a
heavyweight tournament in 2018 and with his return to the
promotion, fans may be wondering where his place will be among the
heavyweights. When ESPN first reported the story it was stated that he
would compete once in his return before facing the tournament

Edward Carbajal serves as the lead MMA analyst for Frontproof Media and
holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a brown belt in Ishin
Ryu Karate. He has covered combat sports since 2014 and has been a
fan of MMA since UFC 1. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website