Cheick Kongo (Jeff Vulgamore/Combat Press)

Bellator 161 Results: Kongo Edges Johnson, Warren Chokes Kakai

On Friday, Sept. 16, Bellator MMA hosted its 161st event from the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

In the night’s main event, former heavyweight title challenger Cheick Kongo met Tony Johnson. The 41-year-old Frenchman Kongo had won four of his last five since falling short in his quest for Bellator gold. He most recently defeated Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz in February via split decision. Johnson, meanwhile, entered the contest having won three straight and six of his last seven. The 30-year-old holds wins over former UFC champion Tim Sylvia, former Bellator titleholder Alexander Volkov and current UFC combatant Derrick Lewis.

Also on the main card, former two-division titleholder Joe Warren returned to action against Sirwan Kakai.


The action kicked off on Friday at 6:50 p.m. ET with a live preliminary card stream. The night’s main card aired live on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Cheick Kongo def. Tony Johnson by majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Warren def. Sirwan Kakai by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 1:04
Derek Campos def. Djamil Chan by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Anastasia Yankova def. Veta Arteaga by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Emily Ducote def. Kenya Miranda da Silva by submission (armbar). Round 2, 4:37
Daniel Pineda def. Mark Dickman by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 2:07
Armando Villareal def. Tommy Burghart by submission ( rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:08
Nick Gonzalez def. Warren Stewart by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Rey Trujillo def. Deuce King by submission (reverse arm-triangle choke). Round 1, 1:20
Matt Mazurek def. Jose Guerra by split decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
Garrett Scott def. Waylon Brunstrup by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 0:50
Sean Clements def. David Ramirez by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)