Bellator 102: Cheick Kongo Shines, Lavar Johnson Falls

By Jeremy Green
Cheick Kongo UFC
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Bellator 102 kicked off last night, which featured some UFC vets battling their way to move on through the heavyweight tournament. Lavar Johnson took on Vinicius Quieroz and Cheick Kongo squared off with Mark Godbeer.

Out of these two UFC vets, Kongo was the only one to reign supreme on the night, defeating Godbeer in impressive fashion, utilizing brutal knees in the second round. This was a huge win for Kongo, who will square off with Quieroz in hopes of becoming a champion. For Johnson, he was knocked out in brutal fashion within several second of the first round, and it wasn’t the Bellator debut he was hoping to have.

After he got rocked by Quieroz, Johnson folded to the mat, where the ref was forced to step in. It was a huge win for Quieroz, who is one of the tallest fighters in the Bellator organization. Johnson will have to go back to the drawing board and rethink his career, especially if he still wants to compete with the best of them.

Kongo has had an up and down career inside the UFC. One of his shining moments was a battle with Pat Barry, where he would get rocked and then come back to win by way of KO. It was one of the most surprising comebacks in the UFC history, proving Kongo has the strikes to end a fighter’s night if he can connect flush. Kongo is one of the bigger names now under the Bellator promotion, and they are hoping he can shine and put on some exciting fights.

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