In Bellator’s relatively thin heavyweight division, there is plenty at stake for Cheick Kongo and Alexander Volkov.
Both Kongo (238.6) and Volkov (242) made weight without issue Thursday ahead of their headlining showdown at Bellator 139, which takes place Friday at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET, while the preliminary bill streams on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
A longtime UFC veteran, Kongo is 4-2 since signing with Bellator in 2013. He came up short in his first shot at heavyweight gold, losing a five-round verdict to Vitaly Minakov at Bellator 115. The 40-year-old Frenchman owns notable triumphs over Lavar Johnson, Shawn Jordan, Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry and Mirko Filipovic during his professional tenure.
Volkov began his Bellator career with three straight victories and captured the promotion’s heavyweight strap with a unanimous decision triumph over Rich Hale in December 2012. He would lose the title to Minakov via first-round TKO in his next outing, however. More recently, the 26-year-old Russian had a five-bout winning streak snapped by Tony Johnson at Bellator 136.
Bellator 139 Weigh-in Results:
Cheick Kongo (238.6) vs. Alexander Volkov (242)
David Rickels (155.9) vs. John Alessio (155.4)
Pat Curran (145.6) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (*146.4)
Joe Schilling (185.9) vs. Hisaki Kato (185.5)
Bubba Jenkins (145.9) vs. Joe Wilk (145.8)
Jeimeson Saudino (134.3) vs. Aaron Ely (134.7)
Bobby Cooper (155.9) vs. Pablo Villaseca (156)
Augusto Sakai (263) vs. Daniel Gallemore (264.9)
Iony Razafiarison (140.8) vs. Bryanna Fissori (144)
Alex Huddleston (248.6) vs. Javy Ayala (263.9)
Greg Scott (145.7) vs. Gaston Reyno (145)
Derek Bohi (264) vs. Frederick Brown (229.4)
Marcio Navarro (162.6) vs. Cody Carrillo (155.9)
* Sanchez missed weight on his first attempt and has two hours to hit 146 even.