After a quick finish from Vinicius Spartan in the co-main event of Bellator 102 to advance to the heavyweight tournament final, the second semifinal was hoping to live up to the excitement. Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo was hoping to impress in his Bellator debut and get one step closer to the heavyweight title, but first he would need to get past Mark Goodbeer and advance to the tournament final.
The two men had a very intense staredown at Thursday night’s weigh ins, so we were all expecting some serious fireworks.
There were some wild punches swung early, but Kongo changed his levels and dropped Godbeer to the mat. Godbeer wasted no time getting back to his feet, but his back was still up against the cage and Kongo continued to work in from the clinch game until John McCarthy separated the fighters after Kongo took a shot South of the border.
When the action restarted, Godbeer was looking to land big shots on the feet, but Kongo once again dropped down and completed a takedown.
Godbeer was able to separate and land a big shot to the head of Kongo, however, he once again took the fight to the mat and left Godbeer fighting to get back to his feet. Fans were expecting a stand up war, so the boos started to come in from the crowd.
McCarthy once again separated the fighters and they immediately went back to a clinch game that Kongo engaged. Godbeer was willing to trade punches, but Kongo was having none of that in the first five minutes until he landed a huge knee to bring an end to Round 1.
Godbeer looked like some of the wind was taken out of his sails at the start of the second and Kongo was able to tie him up and deliver some huge knees to the thigh of his opponent. Kongo eventually got the knees to land to Godbeer’s body and dropped him to the ground, before unloading with some heavy knees and punches to the head of Godbeer until McCarthy stepped in to put an end to the fight.
The TKO stoppage came at 2:04 in the second round for Kongo as he advances to the tournament final.