Cheick Kongo vs. Eric Smith
We’ll end the prelims with a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo and Eric Smith.
Kongo (20-9-2) lost in April for the Bellator heavyweight title via decision to Vitaly Minakov. After leaving the UFC in 2013, he won his first two fights in the promotion over Peter Graham and Mark Godbeer.
Smith (6-1) hasn’t earned an official win since a 2009 TKO over Cody Donovan. He fought Jan Jorgensen to a no-contest last September after falling to Ricky Shivers in 2010.
Round 1: You would think Smith will try for the takedown right away, as he gets close and lands a nice combo. Front kick by Kongo gets him off the fence and to the attack, but Smith slips a right and clinches. Body lock for Smith, who bullies Kongo up against the fence. Smith lands, but Kongo fires off and hits his own left-right. Smith shoots for a takedown and gets denied. Smith lands a big takedown as we head under two minutes. Kongo trying to get up and he gets caught by Smith, who is teeing off with huge rights and has busted his lip. Kongo is mad, storming after him and throwing huge, powerful kicks to the body. Knees, elbows, rights, uppercuts all from Kongo.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kongo
Round 2: Smith the aggressor again to start, backing Kongo up. He catches him with a left-right combo and another hard right, forcing Kongo to clinch. Kongo with a drop down and a double-leg that he scores with, working to side control and doing damage now from in close. Smith gives up his back in an attempt to get to his feet. We’ve been stuck on the ground, but Smith gets out of position and Kongo fires away. Knee lands to the face and Kongo has done some damage. This one is close to being stopped, as Kongo is teeing off and Smith isn’t defending himself. That’s it with another knee.
Cheick Kongo def. Eric Smith via TKO (strikes) at 4:35 of Round 2