Knee Strikes Propel UFC Veteran Cheick Kongo Past Mark Godbeer at Bellator 102
Cheick Kongo made his Bellator debut memorable. | Photo: Dave
Kongo seems to like his new home.
The French kickboxer brutalized Mark Godbeer
with a series of knee strikes to the body and head in the Bellator
MMA Season 9 heavyweight tournament semifinals at Bellator 102 on
Friday at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, Calif. Godbeer
(8-2, 0-1) succumbed to the blows 2:04 into round two.
In his first appearance outside the Ultimate Fighting Championship
in nearly nine years, Kongo (19-8-2, 1-0 Bellator) wore down the
Englishman with takedowns and clinches. In the second round, the
38-year-old ducked into the rear waistlock position and attacked
Godbeer with knees to the quadriceps and hamstrings. From there,
the knees only grew in intensity. Kongo pinned the Trojan
Freefighters representative on the cage, targeted his head and body
and fired away until referee “Big” John McCarthy intervened.
“I heard my cornerman tell me to knee him everywhere,” Kongo said.
“I threw my knee, and I hurt him.”
‘Spartan’ Dispatches Johnson in 23 Seconds
Team Nogueira’s Vinicius
Kappke de Queiroz knocked out Lavar Johnson
with a blinding but brutal right hand in the Season 9 heavyweight
tournament semifinals. De Queiroz (7-3, 2-1 Bellator) wiped out the
monstrous Californian 23 seconds into round one, as he recorded the
sixth first-round finish of his 10-fight career.
A right hand knocked Johnson flat.
Moving backward, “Spartan” countered a jab with a right cross to
Johnson’s jaw, sending him to the canvas in a face-first dive. A
few follow-up blows awakened Johnson (17-8, 0-1 Bellator) from his
brief slumber, and though he protested the stoppage, he did not
have much of a case.
“I came in here to try and take him out because I know he has very
heavy hands,” de Queiroz said. “I have a lot of respect for the
Silva Outgrapples, Outpoints Leone
Fight Team export Rafael Silva
cruised to his 13th consecutive win, as he took a unanimous
decision from World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Anthony
Leone in the Summer Series bantamweight tournament final. Silva
(21-3, 2-0 Bellator) swept the scorecards by identical 30-27 marks,
earning a $100,000 payday and a crack at reigning Bellator
135-pound champion Eduardo
Silva crusied to a decision against Leone.
Takedowns and a stifling takedown fueled the Brazilian’s latest
conquest, as he repeatedly grounded Leone (13-6, 3-3 Bellator),
transitioning to his back in each of the first two rounds.
The American’s offense was limited to occasional overhand rights.
His final burst was snuffed out late in round three, where Silva
countered a takedown with an immediate reversal and settled back in
Danish Prospect Parlo Decisions Butcher
Powerful punching combinations and an effective
sprawl carried Danish prospect Mikkel Parlo
to a unanimous verdict over Jason
Butcher in the Season 9 middleweight tournament semifinals. All
three cageside judges scored it for Parlo (11-1, 3-1 Bellator):
30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
Parlo clearly outclassed Butcher.
Butcher (7-1, 4-1 Bellator) never got in gear, his 23-year-old
counterpart denying his advances at every turn. Parlo did his best
work in the second round, where he bloodied the West Virginian’s
nose, shut down his takedown attempts and nearly finished him with
a punishing volley in the closing seconds.
Needing a stoppage, Butcher did not have enough in the tank to
pursue the victory in round three.
“I would like to have finished him,” Parlo said. “It was hard
because he was running a lot.”
Ward Guillotine Submits Pacheco
submitted the previously unbeaten Joe Pacheco
with a second-round guillotine choke in the Season 9 middleweight
tournament semifinals. Pacheco (6-1, 2-1 Bellator) conceded defeat
2:41 into round two, the North Carolinian beaten for the first time
in seven professional appearances.
Ward hit a power guillotine on Pacheco.
Pacheco started strong, as he delivered a pair of takedowns,
threatened with various submissions and moved to full mount in the
first round. Ward (8-1, 4-1 Bellator) answered in round two, where
he caught the overzealous 28-year-old in a guillotine, switched to
a figure-four grip and awaited surrender.
Ward has finished his last three opponents, two of them by
Prelims: Ayala KOs ‘Big Monster’ Santos at Buzzer
Ayala (6-3, 1-0 Bellator) knocked out Team Nogueira’s Thiago
Santos (11-3, 3-2 Bellator) with a two-punch combination at the
buzzer in the first round of their heavyweight battle; Scott Cleve
(14-3, 1-0 Bellator) put away former Tachi Palace Fights champion
DeJesus (10-6-1, 0-1 Bellator) with punches 3:14 into the
second round of their featherweight encounter; Brandon
Girtz (9-3, 1-2 Bellator) submitted Poppies
Martinez (27-9, 0-1 Bellator) with an armbar 1:20 into the
first round of their lightweight tilt; Millennia MMA’s Stephen
Martinez (10-2, 1-0 Bellator) choked Bryan
Travers (14-4, 0-1 Bellator) unconscious with a guillotine 56
seconds into the first round of their catchweight affair;
Cleve put away DeJesus with punches.
Carrizosa (5-0, 1-0 Bellator) kept his perfect professional
record intact, as he submitted Juan Quesada
with a triangle choke 4:51 into the second round of their clash at
155 pounds; and Brandon Cash
(8-3, 1-0 Bellator) stopped William
Richey (10-2, 0-1 Bellator) on a technical knockout after the
Maximum Fighting Championship alum quit on his stool prior to the
start of the third round of their heavyweight scrap.
Carrizosa tapped out Quesada.