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Bellator 139 results from last night: 'Kongo vs Volkov' recap with a bonus Kimbo Slice interview

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The eighth Bellator MMA event of 2015 was the "Kongo vs. Volkov" card, also known as Bellator 139, which took place last night (June 26, 2015) on Spike TV inside Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas.

The featured bout at the top of the card was the second Heavyweight main event in a row for Bellator, following last week's much-anticipated "Kimbo vs. Shamrock" card in St. Louis. This week Cheick Kongo and former Bellator champion Alexander Volkov would get their chance to show who deserves a rematch with Vitaly Minakov.

Volkov landed zero ground strikes for the entire fight, and that stat should tell you the entire story. If it doesn't, here's additional details: Kongo needed three tries to take Volkov down in the first round, but every takedown came easy after that. He busted up Volkov with elbows and scored the 30-27 unanimous decision.

Because the show ran past the top of the hour, there was no post-fight interview following Kongo's victory.

Kimbo Slice, however, spoke to Jimmy Smith via video conference to fill a little time before the main event:

"Still have these stitches in the bottom of my foot from the (Ken Shamrock) fight. Bellator is my home now. I'm happy to be here. No heavyweights are safe in this business. I'm still evolving in this game. I'm going to continue to work on my weak points. I'm here to stay - I'm here to make a good home for myself."

Second from the top was a hometown favorite in "The Caveman" David Rickels, taking on a very veteran Lightweight in John Alessio, with an "evil plan" in mind to earn a rematch against Michael Chandler with a big win.

Did he succeed?

Unfortunately for Rickels, he got a little overaggressive against the fence when he had the victory well in hand. Right at the moment when referee Rob Hinds was about to stop the fight he landed a left knee to the grounded Alessio. After a long consultation with the doctor and referee, Alessio decided not to continue the fight.

Zombie Prophet shows us where and when that knee landed.

The result was a no contest because of an unintentional illegal knee at 2:24 of the first round. Rickels spoke to Jimmy Smith after the fight:

"Maaaaan. KANSAS, I'M SO SORRY!!! I love everybody out here. The fight was going exactly how I expected man. I'm peaking in performances. You're going to see performances just like this, except I'm going to legally finish next time. It could have been stopped any second, and I wanted to finish it!"

Also on the Spike TV card was a Middleweight clash between popular kickboxer Joe "Stitch 'Em Up" Schilling and Japanese newcomer Hisaki Kato. Schilling looked to get back on track after a close loss to Rafael Carvalho, while Kato wanted to win impressively in his North American debut.

Kato had vowed in his pre-fight interviews that he "wanted to be famous" after this fight, and after dominating the first round on the ground, he achieved the fame he was looking for with a picture perfect leaping left hand that knocked Schilling senseless and rolled his eyes back in his head before he hit the canvas (Official time - 0:34 of R2).

Zombie Prophet shows us just how it looked:

Kato spoke to Jimmy Smith after the fight.

"I believed in myself. I know I have really heavy hands. I only needed one shot to knock somebody out. Japanese MMA is not only about grappling, it's also for strikers. Thank you."

Featherweights took a featured slot both in St. Louis and in Mulvane, and once again a former champion was looking for future title contention. This week "Paddy Mike" Pat Curran took that quest against Emmanuel Sanchez, but with only one loss on his record before last night Sanchez would be no easy out.

Sanchez was looking to pressure from early on, but Curran was the better striker even while backpedaling, and used his superior wrestling technique to seal rounds with takedowns. Curran wasn't just trying to ride out a decision though - he took the back with both hooks in search of a rear-naked choke late in round three.

Sanchez escaped but still lost a unanimous decision (30-27 x3).

Curran spoke to Jimmy Smith after the judges rendered their decision:

"It's amazing. I really needed this win, and I want to thank Emmanuel and his camp for stepping up on three weeks notice and taking this fight. I'm gonna keep coming. I have a lot to improve on, a lot to keep working on, I'm headed right back to the gym and I'm only going to get better."

The televised bouts were paired with exciting "Prelims" action that aired exclusively on

Check out our live streaming Bellator 139 results RIGHT HERE to see who else made a name for themselves inside the cage last night in Mulvane.

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