Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Godbeer

11:05

Two fearsome heavyweight sluggers make their Bellator debut as Englishman Mark Godbeer faces Frenchman Cheick Kongo.

GODBEER IN THE BLANK TRUNKS,

KONG CO-IN THE BLACK TRUNKS

WITH THE WHITE TRIM.

>> Jimmy: NOT THAT SURPRISING,

THOUGHT THAT MIGHT BE THE

STRATEGY, GET THE TAKEDOWN, GET

ON TOP, HE'S DONE THAT IN

PREVIOUS FIGHTS.

>> Sean: GODBEER KEEPING KONGO

CLOSE.

>> Jimmy: GOOD WRIST CONTROL.

HE HAS TO EXPLODE BACK.

NOT WANTING KONGO TO SETTLE

THAT WEIGHT ON TOP OF HIM.

>> Sean: ROUND NUMBER ONE OF

THE HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINAL, MARK GODBEER VERSUS

CHEICK KONGO, THE WINNER

THROUGH TO THE HEAVYWEIGHT

TOURNAMENT FINAL.

BOTH MEN TWO WIN IS A WAY FROM

A COVETED BELLATOR WORLD TITLE

SHOT.

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GODBEER TO COUNTER.

KONGO, GODBEER LOOKING TO TURN,

CAN'T DO IT.

>> Jimmy: KONGO DOING A GOOD

JOB WITH THE BODY LOCK.

TOLERANT, THEY WERE LOOKING

FORWARD TO A STANDUP WAR, THE

CROWD.

NOT TOO TOLERANT.

>> Sean: McCARTHY QUICKLY

LOSING PATIENCE.

THERE'S THE RESTART.

KONGO DROPS TO BOTH KNEES.

>> Jimmy: MIGHT HAVE TAKEN A

GROIN SHOT RIGHT BEFORE HE

BROKE THEM UP.

>> LET'S GO, DIDN'T HIT YOU

THAT HAND, I WANT YOU TO STAND.

COME ON.

>> Jimmy: SEE HERE, RIGHT KNEE

TO THE CUP.

I THOUGHT THEY WERE BREAKING

THEM UP BECAUSE OF INACTIVITY.

MIGHT HAVE BROKE THEM UP

BECAUSE OF THE CUP SHOT.

>> JOE McCARTHY HAS CALLED

TIME.

>> YOU ALL RIGHT?

ALL RIGHT, YOU TELL ME WHEN

YOU'RE READY.

ADJUST YOURSELF, GET YOURSELF

GOOD.

>> Jimmy: SOUND ADVICE.

>> GOOD TO GO?

STAY RIGHT THERE.

>> Sean: KONGO, CAN GET FIVE

MINUTES BUT McCARTHY SPEEDING

THINGS ALONG.

>> Jimmy: HE ALWAYS DOES.

>> YOU READY?

TIME IN.

>> Sean: PLAY RESUMES.

THIS IS WHAT GODBEER WANTED,

MOVING FORWARD, THROWING BIG

SHOTS.

THAT CLINCH MIGHT THROW HIM

OFF.

>> Jimmy: A LEVEL CHANGE FROM

KONGO.

>> Sean: AND THE TAKEDOWN FROM

KONGO.

>> Jimmy: THIS IS WHAT I THINK

GODBEER WASN'T SPENTING,

THOUGHT HE'D STAY CLOSE.

BUT AGAINST A GUY COMMITTED TO

HIS WRESTLING THAT, CAN BE HARD

TO DO.

>> Sean: KONGO FIGHTING FROM

THE OUTSIDE.

VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF FIGHT.

THE QUICK TURN RIGHT BACK TO

KONGO.

>> WATCH HER IT GOES.

NOT GOING TO TELL YOU ANY MORE,

MARK.

>> Sean: JOHN McCARTHY, STERN

WARNINGS TO KONGO FOR THE BLOWS

TO THE KNEES -- TO GOD BEER ON

THE KNEES.

>> Jimmy: GOOD RIGHT HAND, IT

SLIPPED THROUGH, CAUGHT KONGO.

>> Sean: ANOTHER TAKEDOWN FROM

CHEICK KONGO.

>> Sean: ARE YOU SURPRISED AT

THE TACTICS?

>> Jimmy: NO, I'M NOT.

HE HAS DONE THIS IN TOURNAMENTS

BEFORE.

HE HAS TROUBLE KEEPING GODBEER

DOWN.

GODBEER TRYING TO FOS POSTURE

UP.

HIS LEFT HAND ON THE BACK OF

KONGO'S NECK TRYING TO GET UP.

THE HANDS AROUND THE BACK,

TRYING TO PULL HIM OFF THE

FENCE.

LELTS IT GO.

>> Sean: GODBEER KNEW HE WAS

BEAT, KONGO STAYING CLOSE.

1:35 REMAINING ROUND ONE.

GODBEER, KONGO LOOKING TO TURN

RIGHT BACK ON THE BODY LOCK.

GODBEER HAS TO TAKE EVERY

OPPORTUNITY TO BREAK AWAY.

BIG KNEES FROM KONGO.

CONTINUING TO THROW.

>> GET IT A PART, LILT'S GO.

FIGHT.

>> Sean: THAT'S A RESTART FROM

JOHN McCARTHY.

>> Jimmy: RESTART EVEN THOUGH

KONGO WAS FLOWING THE KNEES.

-- THROWING THE KNEES.

>> Sean: KONGO GOES RIGHT BACK

TO IT.

[ CROWD BOOING ]

>> THAT'S FIVE, HE DID NOT HIT

YOU, LET'S GO.

>> Sean: KONGO CLAIMING THAT HE

WAS KNEED IN THE CUP, AND JOHN

McCARTHY, "LET'S GO."

>> COME ON, WORK.

>> Sean: JIMMY, GODBEER, DIDN'T

WANT A KICKBOXING FIGHT, IN HIS

WORDS, HE WANTED TO BE CLOSE,

HE'S GETTING IT.

BUT I'M NOT SURE THAT'S THE

CONSEQUENCE OF EVENTS.

>> Jimmy: I DON'T THINK THAT'S

WHAT HE MEANT, HE MEANT CLOSE

PUNCHING RANGE, NOT STUCK IN

THE CLINCH.

>> BACK OF THE HEAD.

>> Sean: EIGHT SECONDS, ROUND

NUMBER ONE.

BIG GAME FOR KONGO, CHECK

BEFORE THE BELL.

>> BREATHE IN THROUGH THE NOSE,

OUT THROUGH THE MOUTH.

>> Sean: TALKING TO GODBEER.

>> HE'S TIRED.

>> IN THROUGH THE NOSE, IN.

>> EYES, SLOW THE HEART RATE

DOWN FIRST.

>> USE YOUR BOXING.

YOU SHOW IT.

>> DO NOT LOAD UP ON YOUR

PUNCHES.

>> ROUND NUMBER TWO OF THE

HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

SEMIFINAL IS COMING UP.