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Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

Bellator 161: Cheick Kongo’s in Favor of Promotion Introducing 5 Round, Non-Title Headliners

Cheick Kongo (photo via Bellator)

By FCF Staff

Cheick Kongo will face Tony Johnson in the headliner for Bellator 161 this Friday night, and the UFC vet would be in favor of a five round fight, instead of three.

While Bellator’s title fights can go as long as 25 minutes, unlike the UFC, non-title main events are just three rounds. Recently Kongo had this to say about subject, while talking to MMA Junkie.com:

“It would be good (to move to five rounds) but I have no problem with three,” Kongo said. “Three, five-minute rounds, we have to figure out how it goes for the best plan. More time would be better. But for me, it’s just a fight no matter how long. It’s still a fight.”

Kongo (24-10-2) is 4-1 in his last 5 bouts with his only loss during that stretch coming via split decision to “King Mo” Lawal. Johnson (10-2), meanwhile, has won three in a row and is also 4-1 in his last 5 contests.

Bellator 161 will take place in Cedar Park, Texas. The main card will be broadcast on Spike.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:40 am
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