Bellator 161 was Friday, and the main event saw former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo did his unexciting thing and eked out a majority decision over Tony Johnson. Yes, there were some strikes thrown, but for about the last five years Kongo has been the guy to hold you like a tender lover, and, well, yeah. That’s what we got.
But the co-main event pitted former Bellator champ Joe Warren against Sirwan Kakai, and Warren – who goes balls out and either wins spectacularly or loses spectacularly – proved that he’s still got some wins left in him.
Warren and Kakai battled for two rounds, and since we’ve seen the former champ get obliterated by strikes, the expectation is always there that an opponent could land something that puts him out. But Warren started off the third round with a soul-crushing knee to Kakai’s face, and he followed it up with a standing neck crank at just 1:04 into the round.
Despite whatever anti-fun mojo Kongo brings into the cage, at least Bellator’s got Warren under contract.