Cheick Kongo

Cheick Kongo is a French heavyweight fighter known for his vicious ground and pound, aggressive kickboxing-influenced standup, and his tendency to land strikes illegally to the groins of his opponents.

Kongo holds notable victories over Mirko Filipovic, Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione.

The Twilight of Kongo's UFC CareerEdit

Cheick most recently faced undefeated knockout prospect Travis Browne. He fought to a rare unanimous draw against Browne. After the fight, Kongo was suspended for six months because he broke his hand in the fight.

He faced striker Pat Barry after recovering. He defeated Barry via an amazing first-round comeback knockout. Barry dropped Kongo twice hard and Kongo seemed like he was unconscious both times. Kongo then dropped Barry unconscious and pulled out the victory.

He next faced Barry's friend in undefeated prospect Matt Mitrione, defeating Mitrione for the first time via a close unanimous decision. Kongo was afterwards rumored to face Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson.

Instead he next signed to face Pride veteran Mark Hunt in the UFC's long-awaited return to Japan. Hunt knocked Kongo out in the first round.

Kongo next signed to face former Pride heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Nogueira was injured in training and replaced by Strikeforce veteran Shawn Jordan. Kongo defeated Jordan via a unanimous decision that was called "boring" by many.

Kongo next signed in November 2012 to face fellow veteran Stefan Struve in an intriguing style matchup that would take place in February 2013. The fight never materialized.

Kongo instead next signed to face former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson. Nelson knocked Kongo out in the first round. Kongo was subsequently cut from the UFC the next week.

Run In BellatorEdit

Surprisingly a month or so later Kongo announced that he had signed with Bellator to appear in their ninth season of fights.

Kongo next made his Bellator debut against relative unknown Mark Godbeer in the semifinals of the season nine heavyweight tournament. Kongo defeated Godbeer via second round technical knockout.

With the victory he advanced to the finals to face Vinicius Quieroz. Quieroz was injured and replaced by kickboxer Peter Graham. Kongo defeated Graham via a relatively forgettable unanimous decision to earn $100,000 and a title shot against undefeated Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov.

Minakov unfortunately defeated Kongo via a grueling and forgettable unanimous decision (however, Minakov eventually vacated the title..)

Kongo rebounded strongly. He fought Eric Smith and Lavar Johnson back-to-back, finishing them both back to back as well with a second round TKO and first round rear-naked choke submission respectively.

He then unfortunately lost a split decision to former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal.

Since the Lawal fight, however, Kongo has rattled off five straight victories: a unanimous decision over former BFC champ Alexander Volkov, a split decision over Vinicius Quieroz, a majority decision over Tony Johnson, a unanimous decision over Oli Thompson and a split decision over Augusto Sakai.


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