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Cheick Kongo Makes Bellator Debut Against Mark Godbeer in Portland

Written by Tom Ngo
September 8th, 2013
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During Saturday night’s Bellator 98 event, the organization announced former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo (pictured) will make his promotional debut against Mark Godbeer.

Bellator 101 takes place September 27 inside Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon.

While the promotion didn’t confirm, it is believed Kongo and Godbeer will meet in the opening round of Bellator’s Season 9 heavyweight tournament.

Last month, Kongo became the latest UFC fighter to jump to Bellator. The kickboxer went 11-6-1 during his seven-year run inside the Octagon. He never fought for a UFC title.

Godbeer fights for the first time since taking a win at BAMMA 9 in March 2012. He’s won eight of his last nine scraps.

The 265-pound affair headlines the Spike TV broadcast, which airs at 9PM ET/PT.

Here is the show’s official lineup:

Preliminary Card:

(Spike.com 7PM ET/4PM PT)

Brent Alvarez vs. Austin Springer

Brent Primus vs. Scott Thometz

Peter Aspenwal vs. Jeremiah Riggs

Nathan Coy vs. Andy Uhrich

Tyson Jeffries vs. Joe Pacheco

Marcin Held vs. Ricardo Tirloni

Main Card:

(Spike TV 9PM ET/PT)

Rich Clementi vs. Rob Sinclair (lightweight tournament – opening round)

Saad Awad vs. Martin Stapleton (lightweight tournament – opening round)

John Alessio vs. Will Brooks (lightweight tournament – opening round)

Marcus Davis vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (lightweight tournament – opening round)

Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Godbeer

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