Friday, October 4, 2013 - Bellator 102 was to set the finale of this season's heavyweight tournament while setting the bantamweight division's next contender. Both of these objectives were achieved Friday night but there was a "wrench” thrown into the plans of sort.
On one side of the bracket, former fringe UFC contender Cheick Kongo was able to move into the finals when he stopped Mark Godbeer in the second round of their main event bout. Kongo was in control from the very start of the bout as he was able to score with take downs in the first round. The end would come in the second round when Kongo would fire multiple knees into his opponent until the stoppage would come.
The other side of the bracket featured two individuals who had once fought in the Octagon and the bout didn't go quite as many as expected.
Lavar Johnson was knocked out by Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz in just 23 seconds to earn his way into the heavyweight tournament finals.
Queiroz clipped Johnson who was throwing a jab that sent Lavar face first to the mat. The Brazilian then followed up with a few more shots that brought the fight to an end. This is the “Spartan's” second win in the Bellator and puts him another step closer towards a rematch with Alexander Volkov.
Rafael Silva was able to dominate Anthony Leone to earn a shot at bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas. In his 13th straight win the Brazilian was able to take all of the scorecards with 30-27 across the board to take this season's 135 pound tournament and leave $100K richer.
Leone had very little offense as Silva was able to take him down time and time again; even taking his opponent's back twice during the contest.
Brennan Ward moved into the middleweight tournament final when he submitted Joe Pacheco with a modified guillotine choke in the second round of their fight.
Pacehco was in control during the first round of the fight as he took Ward down multiple times and threatened with submissions. Joe tried the same strategy in the second round but left his neck exposed which resulted in him being put to sleep for the evening.
Mikkel Parlo because the other middleweight tournament finalist when he earned a decision victory over Jason Butcher.
Parlo controlled this fight from start to finish as he continued to land strikes while avoiding takedowns. Butcher was never too active in the bout and was down on the scorecards coming into the third. Parlo continued to keep the pressure on in route to the victory.
By the end Bellator 102 two tournament finals were set while another finalist earned his position against the current champion. As Bellator continues to build its roster with former UFC athletes, they still use the tournament to build up their own fighters at the same time.