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Who won Johnson vs Kongo?
Timothy Johnson beat Cheick Kongo by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the main event of Bellator 248, on Saturday 10th October 2020 at Accor Arena in Paris.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Timothy Johnson.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Johnson vs Kongo stats
Timothy Johnson stepped into the ring with a record of 14 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Cheick Kongo made his way to the ring with a record of 30 wins, 10 loses and 2 draws, with 15 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested that Johnson and Kongo have similar power, both with a 50% knock out percentage.
Timothy Johnson was the younger man by 10 years, at 37 years old.
Kongo had a height advantage of 1 inch over Johnson. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Johnson was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 22 less fights, and made his debut in 2010, 9 year and 4 months later than Kongo, whose first professional fight was in 2001. He had fought 60 less professional rounds, 43 to Kongo's 103.
Johnson vs Kongo form
Johnson had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Matt Mitrione at Bellator 243 on 7th August 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Tyrell Fortune at Bellator 239 on 21st February 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at WinStar World Casino, Thackerville.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Vitaly Minakov at Bellator 225 on 24th August 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport.
Before that, he had lost to Cheick Kongo at Bellator 208 on 13th October 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
He had beat Marcelo Golm at UFC Fight Night 125 on 3rd February 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mangueirinho Gymnasium, Belem, Brazil.
Kongo had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Sergei Kharitonov at Bellator 265 on 20th August 2021 by submission in the 2nd round at Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Timothy Johnson at Bellator 248 on 10th October 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Accor Arena, Paris, France.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Ryan Bader at Bellator 226 on 7th September 2019 by split decision in the 1st round in their Bellator Heavyweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose, United States.
Before that, he had won against Vitaly Minakov at Bellator 216 on 16th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
He had beat Timothy Johnson at Bellator 208 on 13th October 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Cheick Kongo had been fighting more than Timothy Johnson.
Going to this contest, Timothy Johnson had last fought 1 year, 9 months and 13 days ago, while Cheick Kongo's last outing had been 9 months ago.
Johnson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 3 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.4 rounds on average.
Kongo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.