Bellator 161 took place on Friday night from the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas and was headlined by Cheick Kongo winning his third straight fight with a majority decision victory against Tony Johnson.

In the co-main event of the fight card, former Bellator champion Joe Warren climbed back into title contention in the bantamweight division as he submitted Sirwan Kakai in the third round.

The complete Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson results are below.

Main Card: (Spike)
Cheick Kongo def. Tony Johnson via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Joe Warren def. Sirwan Kakai via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:04
Anastasia Yankova def. Veta Arteaga via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Derek Campos def. Djamil Chan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card: (
Garrett Scott def. Waylon Bronstrup via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 0:50
Emily Ducote def. Kenya Miranda da Silva via submission (armbar) – Round 2, 4:37
Daniel Pineda def. Mark Dickman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:07
Armando Villareal def. Tommy Burghardt via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:08
Nick Gonzalez def. Warren Stewart via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Rey Trujillo def. Deuce King via submission (reverse arm triangle) – Round 1, 1:20
Matt Mazurek def. Jose Guerra via split decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
Sean Clements def. David Ramirez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

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    I still don’t understand what Bellator is doing with their undercards. Only two or three of their preliminary fights are shown on their Bellator APP and the rest of the preliminary fights are not shown. Very puzzling. I watched Bellator 161 preliminary card and Bellator 161 televised Main Card and I enjoyed what I saw. In the preliminary card, Emily Ducote looked great again and it was nice to see Daniel Pineda finally get his 1st victory in the Bellator cage. And in the Bellator 161 televised Main Card, Djamil Chan, one of the young guns got a chance to take a step up in competition and gave a good account of himself in a loss to Derek Campos. Derek Campos is righting his ship much like Michael Chandler has done. And Anastasia Yankova and Veta Arteaga both showed they can take a punch and keep coming. Those two women went to war and they weren’t letting up. That was absolutely a entertaining fight between those two ladies. The Bellator Flyweight division has some very solid matchups the matchmakers could put together. And even though Joe Warren won, he is a very one dimensional MMA fighter. Hopefully, Bellator gives Sirwan Kakai a step back opponent in his next two fights on his contract because I think he is a good talent to have around in the Bellator Bantamweight division. And Tony Johnson needs to slow his thought process down in his fights so he can take notice that his stand up striking is working and stop being so clinch minded. Making adjustments is a hard thing to do especially when a athlete has been having success doing one thing for so long. Good luck to Tony Johnson in the future. And Cheick Kongo just keeps rolling along at 41 years of age. Cheick Kongo has shown there is life outside of the UFC for these MMA fighters.