Cheick Kongo scored a unanimous decision over Alexander Volkov in the main event of Bellator 139 in Mulvane, Kan. on Friday night.
Kongo threw a plethora of strikes, mostly on the ground, on his way to a unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.
The former UFC heavyweight began to outstrike Volkov early and pushed to bring the fight to the ground, but his opponent remained stubborn and on the feet. Finally, midway through the opening round, Kongo scored the takedown and used ground-and-pound with elbows and punches.
The second round had Kongo applying another takedown and smothering Volkov while the fallen fighter defended from his back. Volkov attempted to secure a kimura more than once in an effort to mount some offense, but was unable to capitalize on the submission.
In the last round, Kongo again shot in for a takedown and put his opponent on the floor. After landing some short shots, Volkov stalled the action and the referee stood the two up on the feet. Following a guillotine attempt by Volkov, Kongo separated and pounded away at his foe until the end of time allowed.
With the win, Kongo gets back on the winning track after losing his previous fight to “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal in February.
In the evening’s co-main event, David Rickels came within moments of winning his second straight fight, but an illegal knee turned the bout into a no-contest.
Rickles was getting the edge on the feet against John Alessio when the latter fighter covered up and fell to the floor after eating a bunch of strikes on the feet. As he covered up, Rickles started landing more and more, finishing his assault with a knee to the head of his grounded opponent.
Referee Rob Hinds stopped the action and had the ringside physician check on Alessio. After several minutes, Alessio was unable to return and Hinds called a stop to the fight, making the decision to call the bout a no-contest.
In earlier action, Hisaki Kato scored a Knockout of the Year candidate with his finish of Joe Schilling using a Superman punch in the second round of their fight. Also, former Bellator champ Pat Curran won a unanimous decision over Emmanuel Sanchez to open up the main card.
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