Bellator 161 "Kongo vs. Johnson" happens Sept. 16, 2016 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas. A heavyweight main event headlines the card as Cheick Kongo searches for a third straight win against rising star Tony Johnson.
An exciting co-main event has just announced for the card that puts the self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet" Joe Warren (13-5) against UFC and Bellator bantamweight veteran Sirwan Kakai (12-4).
Both men have something to prove with this bout. Warren is looking to bounce back from a one-sided loss to Darrion Caldwell in the main event of Bellator 151, a fight Warren wanted to win to get back into title contention.
Earlier on the same card Kakai took a loss against Joe Taimanglo, a "Juggernaut" who would later go on to No. 1 contender status with a surprising win over Caldwell at Bellator 159, turning the bantamweight division on its ear.
Warren has only lost two fights in a row once in his career back in 2011-12, losing the featherweight title to Pat Curran in the process before making a full time move to bantamweight. For Kakai, a third straight loss could put him on the bubble to be cut from his contract.
The updated Bellator 161 card is below.
Bellator 161 "Kongo vs. Johnson" (Spike TV):
Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo (24-10-2) vs. Tony Johnson (10-2)
Bantamweight: Joe Warren (13-5) vs. Sirwan Kakai (12-4)
Flyweight: Anastasia Yankova (3-0) vs. Veta Arteaga (2-0)
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