Bellator is back TONIGHT (Oct. 4, 2013) LIVE from Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, California.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire Bellator 102 card this evening, starting with the "Prelims," which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET online, and then main card action, which is slated to begin at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV.
The opening round of Season 9 Heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) tournament action kicks off later this evening, featuring a pair of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters making their promotional debuts. Elsewhere on the Spike TV main card, Rafael Silva will square off with Anthony Leone to decide the winner of the Bantamweight tournament.
In Bellator 102 main event, long-time UFC Heavyweight Cheick Kongo will return to the cage for the first time since leaving the world's leading MMA promotion back in May. Kongo departed UFC coming off a loss to Roy Nelson; therefore, expect him to look to make a bold statement and put the rest of the field on notice.
Standing in Kongo's way will be English slugger Mark Godbeer.
In addition to sporting one of the best nickname/surname combos in the sport, "Hand of Godbeer" comes into this fight boasting an 8-1 record, with finishes in all eight of his professional wins. The Brit will look to make a name for himself in the United States by racking up stoppage number nine tonight against the well-known veteran.
On the other side of the tournament bracket, another UFC alum in Lavar Johnson will lock horns with the Brazilian Vinicius Queiroz.
Johnson was let go by UFC back in March when a post-fight drug test revealed his testosterone level to be "consistent with the administration of a steroid." Johnson claimed earlier this week that his test failure was a result of undisclosed testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) usage, a treatment he says he has since given up.
On the heels of such a controversial outcome in his last fight, Johnson is doubtlessly out to make an emphatic statement against Queiroz that gets fans focused more on his skills in the cage rather than his prior chemical proclivities.
Queiroz's last appearance in Bellator's cage saw him lose by way of second round technical knockout to Alexander Volkov, and as a result, he needs a win over "Big" to remain relevant in a promotion in which he currently holds an even (1-1) record.
Elsewhere on the card, Silva and Leone will do battle in the finals of the 135-pound tournament to determine the next contender for division champion Eduardo Dantas.
Stick around for the latest Bellator 102 results posted round-by-round. Please note the card is listed below in reverse chronological order, thus results will start at the bottom of the page. Got it? Okay, let's do this!
BELLATOR 102 QUICK RESULTS:
Main Card (Spike TV)
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal: Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Godbeer -- Kongo defeats Godbeer via TKO at 2:04 of the second round
Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Final: Rafael Silva vs. Anthony Leone -- Silva defeats Leone via unanimous decision (30-27) (30-27) (30-27)
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal: Vinicius Queiroz vs. Lavar Johnson -- Queiroz defeats Johnson via knockout at 0:23 of the first round
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal: Mikkel Parlo vs. Jason Butcher -- Parlo defeats Butcher via unanimous decision (30-27) (29-28) (29-28)
Middleweight Tournament Semifinal: Joe Pacheco vs. Brennan Ward -- Ward defeats Pacheco via front naked choke submission at 2:41 of the second life
"Prelims" Under Card (Spike.com)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Cain Carrizosa vs. Juan Quesada -- Carrizosa defeats Quesada via triangle choke submission at 4:51 of the second round
164 lb. Catch-weight Fight: Stephen Martinez vs. Bryan Travers -- Martinez defeats Travers via guillotine choke technical submission at 0:56 of the first round
Lightweight Feature Fight: Poppies Martinez vs. Brandon Girtz -- Girtz defeats Martinez via armbar submission at 1:20 of the first round
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Javy Ayala vs. Thiago Santos -- Ayala defeats Santos via KO at 5:00 of the first round
Featherweight Feature Fight: Issac De Jesus vs. Scott Cleve -- Cleve defeats De Jesus via TKO due to unanswered strikes at 3:14 of the second round
Heavyweight Feature Fight: William Richey vs. Brandon Cash -- Cash defeats Richey via TKO at 5:00 of the second round (Richey refuses to come out for the third round due to exhaustion)
BELLATOR 102 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY RESULTS:
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Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Godbeer
Round one: Both men trade punches early and Kongo lands a takedown. Godbeer locks up Kongo's arms and uses the cage to wall walk back to his feet. Kongo holds onto a body lock and keeps him pressed against the cage and lands some knees in the clinch though. Kongo takes a knee to the nuts on the break. Godbeer comes forward and throws a few punches, but Kongo clinches and gets a takedown. Godbeer pops back up though and they battle for control in the clinch again. The God of Beer separates and lands a nice right hand on the former UFC fighter. Kongo lands another takedown. Kongo lets him up after failing to establish position, but works for another takedown. Kongo lands a knee. Big John restarts them. Kongo goes for the clinch again and throws some more knees to the body. Big John separates them again but Kongo goes for another clinch and lands a nice knee before the bell. That round decidedly did not deliver the "big leather" promised by the pre-fight promo piece.
Round two: Godbeer charges him and throws a few shots. Kongo looking to counter. Kongo grabs him from behind and lands some big knees to Godbeer's thigh. Another clinch from Kongo. Kongo hurts him with a knee. Kongo lands some huge knees and some punches for the TKO finish.
Final result: Cheick Kongo defeats Mark Godbeer via TKO at 2:04 of the second round
Rafael Silva vs. Anthony Leone
They're going for the bantamweight tourney final at the top of the hour rather than Queiroz/Johnson.
Round one: Silva throws a leg kick and a jab early. Silva lands another leg kick. Leone comes in with some shots and Silva slips nicely. Another low kick from Silva. Push kick from Silva. Leone throws another combo but Silva slips it. Left jab from Silva. Silva shoots a nice double leg and lands a takedown. They scramble on the ground and Silva looks for his back, but Leone keeps scrambling and doesn't let Silva establish position. Leone goes for a triangle, but Leone shrugs it off. Silva goes for his back again and seeks the standing rear naked. Leone escapes and goes for a single leg of his own, but Silva remains on top. Leone explodes up and looks for a double leg of his own against the cage but doesn't get it at the end of the round.
Round two: Leone lands an overhand right. They trade jabs now. Silva goes for a spectacular capoeira kick that misses. Overhand right and a left hook lands for Leone. The American backing him up now. Lands a clubbing overhand right. Silva in with another shot and bullies Leone to the ground. The Brazilian with the same surname as approximately 95% of his countrymen landing ground and pound and passes into side control. Leone spins and Silva gets his back. Silva lands a few clubbing shots. Crowd not happy with this round. Silva lands a few more punches from the top to end the round.
Round three: Silva with a snap jab and a leg kick then he trows a nice spinning kick. Push kick from the Brazilian. Leone headhunting and stalking forward with his feet flat, but he's not landing anything significant. Silva throws a spinning back kick that doesn't land. Leone lands a superman punch. Another capoeira kick is thrown but doesn't land. Silva drags his man to the ground again. This fight is his at this point and there's two minutes left. Silva in half guard now. Restless crowd boos again. John McCarthy orders a standup with 45 seconds on the clock. Leone lands a takedown with 15 seconds left, but Silva sweeps him. That had to be demoralizing.
Final result: Rafael Silva defeats Anthony Leone via unanimous decision (30-27) (30-27) (30-27)
Vinicius Queiroz vs. Lavar Johnson
Round one: Queiroz will heretofore be referred to as Spartan because that's what the announcers call him, and to be 100% real his name is hard to spell on the fly for me. Johnson takes the center of the cage early and stalks him, but Spartan lands a huge right hand that knocks Johnson out flat on his face.
Johnson recovered fast and protested the stoppage, but showed great sportsmanship by clapping and going over to congratulate Spartan with a smile on his face.
Final result: Vinicius Queiroz defeats Lavar Johnson by knockout at 0:23 of the first round
Mikkel Parlo vs. Jason Butcher
Before the fight Butcher claims he is "going to roll through this f*cking tournament like Sonic the Hedgehog." Parlo offers the following snappy rejoinder, "Sometimes I feel like killing him." Yikes.
Round one: Butcher gets in his face early and throws a combo, but Parlo counters with some nice clean right hands. Parlo lands another clean combo. Butcher throws a front kick that misses then lands a flash takedown. Parlo gets back to his feet quickly and they separate. Butcher throws a leg kick then charges him on the feet. He throws a leg kick that the Dane catches, sending him to the mat. Butcher tries to invite Parlo to his guard, but the Dane wants nothing of it. Parlo comes forward and lands some big shots. Parlo throws another flurry that lands. Butcher charges in with punches of his own to end the round.
Round two: Butcher with a nice uppercut, but Parlo responds with some bombs of his own. Butcher goes for a takedown again but doesn't get it. They trade punches once more. Butcher coming forward throwing punches. He goes for another double leg but Parlo sprawls and stuffs it with ease. Blood leaking from Butcher's nose now. A big overhand right lands for Parlo. He comes in with another stiff right and Butcher once more goes for an ineffective takedown. The Dane lands a head kick and Butcher responds with a counter left hand. Nice combo lands for the Dane. Butcher flops to his back again in desperation, as blood pours from his nose. Parlo backs him up against the cage and unloads with big shots and drops Butcher right before the bell. We'll go to the third.
Round three: Butcher goes to his back again early and the crowd boos. Parlo peppering him with shots standing. Butcher is gassed but he keeps going for sloppy takedowns. Crowd is voicing its displeasure with his strategy. Parlo lands a right. Butcher flopping on his back like a pro wrestler here. Another weak shot for the TD from Butcher. The Dane rips a left to the body. Three guesses what Butcher does. Butcher does a horrible looking delayed flop to his back after Parlo lands another punch. Butcher needs major work on his wrestling and standup game if he wants to start rolling through opponents like Sonic the Hedgehog through a tunnel of gold coins. Bad performance from Butcher here. A point deduction for timidity after all those falls to his back wouldn't have been the worst thing in the world.
After the fight Parlo says, "It was hard because he kept running a lot."
Brennan Ward steps into the cage and takes a page from Julian Lane's playbook when he promises to "bang it out" with Parlo.
Final result: Mikkel Parlo defeats Jason Butcher via unanimous decision (30-27) (29-28) (29-28)
Joe Pacheco vs. Brennan Ward
Round one: Trading jabs early, and Ward gets through with a combo. Pacheco goes into clinch and Ward takes him down. Ward in Pacheco's closed guard against the fence now. Pacheco springs to his feet and lands a huge slam of his own. He's landing shots to Ward's ribs from the top, but Ward scrambles back to his feet. Pacheco follows him and they clinch against the fence again. Inside knee from Ward, who lands another big takedown. Pacheco in side control but not doing much with the position other than landing an couple knees to the ribs. Now he's in mount after threatening with a keylock. Pacheco lands a few punches from the top at the bell.
Round two: Pacheco tries another takedown, eats a knee, but keeps persistently trying for the takdeown. Ward lands a throw and ends up in side control. Irish Bad Boy has his back now and is looking for a rear naked choke. For some inexplicable reason Ward just walks off him and gives up the back mount. Baffling. Ward lands a few punches, and Pacheco goes for another takedown. He's slowed down considerably since the first. Ward goes for a power guillotine and gets the submission for the victory.
After the fight, Ward channels his inner NWO fan and declares he is "Bellator for life."
Final result: Joe Pacheco defeats Brennan Ward via front naked choke submission at 2:41 of the second round