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Bellator 161 results: Cheick Kongo bests Tony Johnson, Anastasia Yankova picks up controversial split decision win

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For the first time since joining Bellator back in 2013, Cheick Kongo was able to put three wins in a row. The Frenchman outpointed Tony Johnson in the main event of Friday's Bellator 161.

It was a fight with little action that ended up being determined by takedowns and control. In the first round, there was a lot of clinching and some striking, but nothing significant from either side until the very end of the round where Kongo landed a takedown and immediately moved to mount to land a few strikes. In the second, it was Johnson who got an early takedown and controlled Kongo from back mount for the entirety of the round. Being tied up going into the final round, the veteran Kongo was able to get a takedown a minute in and didn't let Johnson back up until after the bell rang, signaling the end of the fight.

Kongo is now on a three-fight wining streak since dropping a split decision loss to Muhammed Lawal. He also improved his Bellator record to 7-2.

In the co-main event of the card, Joe Warren took on Sirwan Kakai. Warren looked to do what he does best and that's wrestle his opponent to grind out a decision. However, he had a tough time doing that in the first round, as Kakai defended Warren's takedowns well, landed good shots on his feet, and even got a takedown of his own. But all that changed in the second round when Warren landed a knee to Kakai's head, dropping him to the canvas. Kakai went on survival mode and did enough to avoid getting finished, but that gave Warren a chance to dominate him throughout the second. The third had a similar touch from the second round, as Warren connected with a knee to the head and followed up with relentless submission attacks, and eventually was able to get a guillotine choke.

The 39-year-old Warren is back in the wining column, and is 2-2 in his past four outings. In his post-fight speech the former bantamweight and featherweight Bellator champion expressed his desire to get the belt back and called for a title shot.

Additionally, Bellator's star Anastasia Yankova was close to being finished more than once in her second Bellator fight. The Russian fighter was clipped in the first round by her opponent Veta Arteaga and was on shaky legs, wobbling around the cage. However, that didn't entice Yankova to take the fight to the ground and work on her strong submission game. Both Yankova and Arteaga spent the majority of the fight striking. This was the most exciting bout of the card, as both Yankova and Arteaga had great moments in their action-packed fight.

At the end of the fight, It seemed to be clear that Arteaga won the first round and Yankova the final round, and that it was round two that was going define the fight, as it was very competitive from both sides. Two of the judges thought the Russian fighter had done enough to win and gave her the split decision win. The crowed booed in disapproval of the decision after the official announcement as well as through Yankova's post-fight speech. Like the crowd, Yankova also felt unsure of the decision and said she didn't feel 100 percent victorious and called for a rematch with Arteaga.

Regardless of how Yankova or the crowd felt about the decision, the 25-year-old is now 4-0 as a professional fighter and 2-0 in Bellator. This fight also marks the first time Yankova went to a decision.

To open up the main card, Derek Campos took on Djamil Chan. Campos looked sharp in the opening round, but got dropped with a big left hook from Chan. By the way Campos dropped, it looked like the fight was over, but Campos somehow miraculously recovered within seconds and continued where he left off. Rounds two and three were no different with exception of Campos getting dropped. The 28-year-old dominated Chan throughout of the rest of the fight, winning a unanimous decision.

With a victory over Chan, Campos was able to build on his impressive knockout win over former UFC fighter Melvin Guillard earlier this year at Bellator 149. 'The Stallion' is now on a two-fight wining streak, and is now 6-4 under the Bellator banner.