Former Bellator heavyweight Josh Appelt will look for his second straight victory in two weeks as he will defend the Gladiator Challenge heavyweight title against Shannon Ritch on the fight card coming from the Thunder Valley Casino and Resort in Lincoln, California.

Appelt (13-6) won the vacant Gladiator Challenge heavyweight title earlier this year when he defeated Ben Beebe by TKO in 69-seconds. He is 3-1 in his last four fights and all of those victories have come by TKO.

On this edition of “The MMA Report Podcast Extra,” Appelt previews his upcoming title defense against Ritch at Gladiator Challenge on May 20.

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    Josh Appelt is a good solid MMA heavyweight fighter. It’s good to see him staying busy and picking up victories after his bout with Bobby Lashley. I actually think he would be trouble for plenty of heavyweights in Bellator. I hope to see him back in a major MMA promotion again. And the Professional Fighters League would benefit from looking into signing Josh Appelt, that is if he is interested in the signing with the PFL if the opportunity arises.

    • Jason Floyd

      PFL would make sense for someone like Appelt. The one thing I have heard from people on management side is that they want to see the contract language of the PFL deals to see if it makes sense for their clients.