Come kick it with us tonight for Bellator 107: Kongo vs. Graham from The WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Three tournament champions will be crowned, as Cheick Kongo meets Peter Graham in the Heavyweight Finals, Joe Warren draws Travis Marx in the Bantamweight Finals and Brennan Ward battles Mikkel Parlo in the Middleweight Finals. A lightweight feature between Martin Stapleton and Derek Campos rounds out the main card.
The preliminary card will stream live and free on Bloody Elbow at 7 p.m. ET; play-by-play will commence with the Spike TV card. Feel free to check out a written preview of the show including a video preview with Dallas and Kid Nate.
Hi. Dallas here. We're live on Spike. Fight results descend below in reverse chronological order.
R1: Graham unhinges a low kick that Kongo almost catches. Graham shuffling forward as Kongo backpedals and looks to counter. Kongo nearly catches Graham's next low kick as well. Kongo paws with a few jabs and then snaps a double jab. He clinches on Graham's next low kick attempt but can't get head control as Graham ducks under and slips out.
Graham is still walking Kongo down. Kongo flicks a jab, doubles it up and follows with a planted right hand. Kongo counters Graham's entry with the double collar tie and a knee to the body. Graham cracks a kick to the inside thigh but Kongo motions that it's low and we pause briefly. More incoming jabs from Kongo precede a hard three-punch combo and a stiff right hand that signify his growing confidence. Kongo plants two stiff knees to the midsection with his back on the fence. Graham whiffs on a spinning back fist. 10-9 Kongo.
R2: They dig in and trade leather with Kongo getting the better of it via two right hands. Graham's left eye is cut and oozing a little blood. Kongo's height is a noticeable advantage in the clinch as they exchange knees. Kongo throws a jab, a front kick and a one-two that back Graham up. Kongo starts to move forward aggressively and Graham heaves him off and into the cage.
Graham streaks a step-in right, then another that Kongo definitely notices. Kongo initiates a clinch and Graham nearly hits a whizzer counter-throw. Kongo clinching now with a steady humdrum of tall knees and amplified offense as Graham looks to be slowing down. Kongo pulls Graham's feet out from underneath him and postures up with a big elbow. 10-9 Kongo.
R3: Kongo stumbles a bit on his outside low kick and might be losing some steam as well. Kongo goes downstairs with a lead right hand and lands a long push kick. Graham chambers off a one-two as Kongo telegraphs and hesitates on his next front kick. They trade inside low kicks and right hands. Graham just misses with a big overhand and a few more punches on the way before he's taken down and insta-mounted.
Kongo postures up and cleaves downward with a nasty elbow that connects with the cut over Graham's eye, inflicting major damage and causing the blood to gush. Graham bucks Kongo off and shows gameness by pouncing on him with a series of rights and lefts. Kongo wards it off with another clinch and subsequent takedown, showering down more elbows to Graham's gaping wound. Kongo hammers down right punches and elbows while locked down in half guard. Graham's face is a bright red mask. 10-8 Kongo. I have it 30-26 his way.
- Cheick Kongo defeats Peter Graham by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
R1: Warren looks to establish his jab while Marx almost leaps in with low roundhouse kicks. As soon as Marx plants his feet and commits to a combo, Warren attacks his hips and brings him down with the body lock. It's the body lock again that allows Warren to counter Marx's escape, but Marx spins Warren on the fence and lands some rather loudly thudding knees to the midsection. Nice fake left/uppercut combo on the way in for Marx, who leaps in with another low kick.
Warren shoots a double and then topples Marx from the body lock in the ensuing clinch. Marx tries to hip escape but this time Warren feeds him an elbow and a series of rights to the face to dissuade him. Warren keeps good posture from a high half guard and stays busy with short left hands, pinching Marx's legs to prevent the cagewalk. Marx eats a knee to the body on the way back up to his feet but gets tossed to the canvas again. 10-9 Warren.
R2: Warren tries a leaping knee and the crowd reacts. Warren wastes no time in tying up Marx with a double leg and then nearly transitions to the back as Marx stands. He settles for a half waist cinch and rockets a blistering knee to the face from Marx's blind side that crumples him.
- Joe Warren defeats Travis Marx by KO (knee), Round 1
R1: Both toss out heavy leather early. Ward triples a jab while feinting a level change but Parlo isn't biting. Ward tries to hit a hip toss with the whizzer, twice, but Parlo stays upright. He gets it on the third attempt but Parlo is right back up, and pushes Ward on the fence with an underhook. Parlo gets the body lock and nearly puts Ward down with a trip.
Parlo stays on him, still holding the right underhook. Ward pummels under and creates space with his forearm on the throat and they're back in open space. Parlo lands a left hook and Ward answers with one of his own. Parlo meets Ward on the level change and circles Ward onto the fence after the unsuccessful takedown. Parlo digs into Ward's lead leg with a low kick that puts him off balance. Ward shoots again with no set up and ends up with his back on the fence again. 10-9 Parlo.
R2: Ward straightens out his jab and bloodies up Parlo's eye, drops him with a stiff jab, then clubs him with a charging left hook. Ward blitzes Parlo with a succession of right jack-hammers; Parlo staggers back and is clearly out of sorts, eating unhindered haymakers from Ward. The referee is on point and steps in to wave it off even though Parlo is still on the feet and protesting. It was the right call.
- Brennan Ward defeats Mikkel Parlo by TKO (punches), Round 2
R1: They come out swinging, each exchanging two- and three-punch combos; Stapleton closes his with a sharp low kick but Campos pastes him with a clean shot in response. Campos hits a takedown from the clinch a minute-and-a-half in and slithers to side mount. Stapleton elevates with his hips for enough space to scoot back to his feet. Stapleton is also looking quite robust for the weight class.
They both connect with stiff left hooks on a mutual combo. Campos eats an uppercut while stepping in for a left. They clinch up and Campos slides around to the rear waist lock and then puts both hooks in -- then gets the body triangle -- from back mount. Campos boldly pursues an armbar from back control that Stapleton patiently fends off. The Englishman whiffs on a spinning back fist and stumbles before the bell. 10-9 Campos.
R2: Campos opens with a double jab and a level change, and gets the double leg. Stapleton tries to cagewalk and Campos pinches his legs together but can't keep him down. Campos bobs under with another streaking left hook that connects. And another, though not so definitive. Now a third downstairs, which lands clean. Double jab from Campos.
Campos parries a front snap kick. Stapleton dings Campos with a counter left but Campos returns fire with a flurry. Stapleton counters with a retreating uppercut as Campos wings an overhand right. Outside low kick from Campos. Another monster overhand from Campos, who then catches Stapleton's front kick and drops him with a short right. Stapleton prevents any strikes with an underhook from half guard but eats a series of short elbows as soon as he loses control. Left-right elbow combination from Campos on top. 10-9 Campos.
R3: Two hard rights from Stapleton. Nice lead horizontal elbow from Stapleton grazes Campos on the way in. Now a left diagonal elbow from Campos, which are the perfect weapons to stem forward movement. Campos has a cut somewhere near the browline from the elbow barrage, and Stapleton steps in with a right diagonal elbow that's countered by Campos with a clinch takedown.
Campos works on Stapleton's left arm from a full, open guard. Campos gets a body lock and looks to be riding out the clock until he ends up on Stapleton's back when he tries to hip escape, then rolls into full mount. Campos fires down a few elbows and chases a rear-naked choke until the bell rings. Campos domination in the second half of the round evens out the three clean and damaging elbow strikes early from Stapleton. 10-10 round. I have it 30-28 Campos.
- Derek Campos defeats Martin Stapleton by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
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