Longtime UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo made his Bellator debut with a delightfully destructive second-round TKO of Mark Godbeer in the semifinals of the 4-man Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament. The other bracket was filled by Vinicius 'Spartan' Queiroz, who one-punch pancaked Lavar Johnson, another former UFC fighter making his Bellator debut. Here's a GIF of Johnson's face-plant by ZombieProphet for BloodyElbow:
Middleweights Mikkel Parlo and Brennan Ward advanced to the finals of the Bellator Season 9 Middleweight Tournament. "The Irish Bad Boy" Brennan Ward scored an impressive come-from-behind submission win over the previously undefeated Joe Pacheco. Mikkel Parlo dominated Jason Butcher in a fight that was not close at all, yet resulted in two 29-28 scorecards. (These scores highlight the flawed nature of the ten-point must system and its implementation by judges in MMA.) The brash Butcher looked uncomfortable standing up from the get-go, clumsily trying for takedowns amidst an awkward striking display. After eating a barrage of uppercuts to end the second round, Butcher came out completely flat in the third round. An exhausted Butcher embarrassingly flopped around the mat to a chorus of boos for the final five minutes of the fight.
Rafael Silva won the delayed Bellator Summer Series 2013 Bantamweight Tournament with a dominant and uneventful unanimous decision victory over Anthony Leone. Silva will now challenge his Brazilian countryman, Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas, for the 135-pound title.
Complete Results After the Break