Archive: Cheick Kongo

Apr 23, 2015 2:08 am

Cheick Kongo vs. Alexander Volkov set to headline Bellator 139

A heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo and Alexander Volkov will headline June’s Bellator 139 event in Mulvane, Kansas. Bellator officials made the announcement earlier today. Cheick Kongo (22-10-2 MMA) will be looking to rebound, this after dropping a decision loss to Muhammed Lawal at February’s Bellator 134 event in Connecticut. The loss to “King Mo”...

Sep 7, 2014 8:09 am

Lashley Looking For Activity, Open To Kongo Bout

Following his impressive return to the cage after a 10-month layoff, TNA champion Bobby Lashley wants a quick turnaround, and another bout inside Bellator’s cage as soon as possible. Lashley spoke to media members following his Bellator 123 win about his desire to return to the cage sooner rather than later. “I don’t know when...

Sep 3, 2014 4:43 pm

Kongo: ‘The UFC treated me like $#it’

“You know some things happen unexpectedly in your career but no matter what happens you can get everything you want, everything in my career now is good. But the UFC threw me away after treating me like shit at the end. You have to be really tough, they (UFC) just pushed all the time, push,...

Apr 30, 2014 5:33 pm

Tito Ortiz Gets Three Years Probation For DUI Crash In LA

The Huntington Beach Bad Boy struck a deal with Los Angeles prosecutors in his DUI case from January. The former UFC light-heavyweight champion will serve 36 months of probation, attend alcohol classes and pay fines. TMZ broke the story this afternoon: Former MMA fighter Tito Ortiz copped a plea in his DUI case — from...


Apr 30, 2014 11:16 am

Tito Ortiz: ‘The UFC Swept Me Under The Rug. I Feel Bad For My Kids’

“I feel really bad for my fans and my kids. They will want to look at the history of what their father has done, and the fans will want to see what their favorite fighter has done. I have no control over it, of course, and I didn’t know it was that serious, but I...

Apr 4, 2014 8:41 pm

.gif | Sinjen Smith Applies an Armbar on Jason Powell at Bellator 115

Sinjen Smith made quick work of Jason Powell on the preliminary portion of ‘Bellator 115: Minakov vs. Kongo’. While working off his back, Smith was able to catch an arm and apply a textbook armbar to end the fight early. Check out the GIF below, courtesy of ZombieProphet! Result: Sinjen Smith def. Jason Powell via...

Apr 4, 2014 8:40 pm

Bellator 115 Results: Minakov Defeats Kongo and Retains Heavyweight Title

The heavyweight championship was hanging in the balance tonight as Vitaly Minakov and Cheick Kongo battled on tonight’s main event. The fight kicked off in controversial fashion as Minakov landed two low-blows on Kongo which ultimately led to a point deduction for the heavyweight champion. Kongo could not take control of the round despite getting...

Feb 12, 2014 1:40 pm

Bellator Returns To Canada As Casino Rama Hosts Bellator 119

Bellator will make its highly anticipated return to Canada on Friday, May 9th as the promotion will return to Ontario’s Casino Rama for Bellator 119, live on Spike TV. The night will feature the finals of Bellator’s Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament, as well as the return of Canadian lightweight John Alessio. The event will broadcast...

Feb 5, 2014 4:47 pm

Silva Injured, Anthony Leone Steps Up To Face Eduardo Dantas For Bellator Title

Bantamweight Title contender Rafael Silva has suffered an knee injury and will be unable to compete is his scheduled March 7th title fight against reigning Bellator Champion Eduardo Dantas. While the injury will force Silva out of the cage, Former Bellator Tournament Finalist Anthony Leone will now step in and face Dantas for the Bantamweight...

Jan 24, 2014 5:09 pm

Freire Issues Statement On His Disgust For Bellator’s Matchmaking

“Never in my entire career have I felt so disrespected and disappointed. @BellatorMMA announces their tournament brackets and in all of them they only have the champion, on the Featherweight one they have @PatCurranMMA as well. I don’t have anything against Curran himself, what I don’t like is the clear way he’s being favored. I...

Jan 21, 2014 12:23 pm

Douglas Lima Faces Rick Hawn for Vacant Welterweight Title April 18th

The Main Event is set for Bellator 117 as Douglas Lima and Rick Hawn will headline a packed night of fights from Iowa’s Mid-American Center on April 18th as the two clash in a Bellator Welterweight Title fight live on Spike TV. The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on...

Jan 17, 2014 10:30 am

Kongo Set For Bellator Title Shot This April

At 13-0 and the undefeated Bellator Heavyweight World Champion, Russian knockout connoisseur Vitaly Minakov is ready to extend his reign as “The New Emperor” and defend his world title against Cheick Kongo live on Spike TV Friday, April 4th from Nevada’s Reno Events Center. The fight will headline Bellator 115. The event will broadcast live...

Nov 25, 2013 1:36 pm

Mark Hunt Almost Turned Down Fight With ‘Bigfoot’

We’ve heard it time and time again: Fighter A doesn’t want to fight Fighter B, because they’re friends / training partners / came from the same neighborhood / part of the same breakdancing team / etc. Some of those fighters stick to their refusal, right or wrong. But some understand that – although it may...

Nov 9, 2013 9:05 am

Bellator 107 Results: Kongo Cruises To Tournament Final Victory, Earns Title Shot

Last night on SPIKE TV, UFC Veteran heavyweight, Cheick Kongo cruised to a tournament final victory over Peter Graham to win this season’s Bellator tournament. Joe Warren and Brennan Ward also won their respective tournament finals and will now compete for the Bellator championship belt in their division. The full Bellator results are as follows:...

Nov 7, 2013 4:11 pm

Bellator 107: Kong vs. Graham Weigh-in Results

The Bellator MMA weigh-ins have been completed from the Mist Nightclub inside the WinStar World Casino in preparation for Bellator MMA’s November 8th event, which will showcase the Bellator Heavyweight, Middleweight and Bantamweight Tournament Finals. Bellator MMA will take place from WinStar World Casino on Friday, November 8th with the first fight taking place at...

Oct 28, 2013 11:51 am

Bellator’s Best Efforts Continue To Fail: Cheick Kongo’s Opponent, Out With Knee Injury

This weekend has been rough on Bellator, as two fighters scheduled to headline upcoming events have pulled out of their respective bouts due to injury.  The most recent of these is Vinicius ‘Spartan’ Queiroz, finalist of Bellator’s Heavyweight tournament who was set to face Cheick Kongo (shown above) on November 8.   By Christopher Murphy...

Sep 9, 2013 7:26 am

Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva official for UFC Fight Night 33 headliner

Heavyweight sluggers Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (9-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will meet in a five-round main event bout when the UFC returns to Australia this December. UFC executives officially announced the event today as “UFC Fight Night 33,” which takes place on Decemeber 7 in the Queensland capital...

Aug 28, 2013 1:55 pm

Cheick Kongo Signs With Bellator, Will Compete In Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament

Bellator has been trying their hardest to gather momentum in the mixed martial arts world. After announcing their plans to embark in the pay per view market, it was confirmed that Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson would headline the promotion’s first PPV card. Bellator officials dropped another major announcement today as they revealed Cheick Kongo...

Jun 27, 2013 9:27 am

Mark Hunt facing plastic surgery, return to hospital following failed skin graft

At 39 years old, the “Super Samoan” Mark Hunt (9-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) doesn’t have a lot of time to be sitting on the sidelines. Unfortunately for Hunt fans, his injured leg is keeping him from resuming his duties inside the Octagon. The former K1 champion could be headed back to the hospital next week...

Jun 5, 2013 1:42 pm

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Says Kongo Not Signed Yet; Hints at UK TV Deal

Today Bellator and TNA Impact Wrestling held a press conference that featured Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, TNA CEO Dixie Carter, and the biggest addition to the Bellator roster to date, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. While BJPENN.com knows you all want to hear what “Rampage” had to say, we want to provide our faithful readers with the...

Jun 4, 2013 5:12 pm

Cheick Kongo Follows Rampage to Bellator FC

By JAKE CHASTAIN | It’s been a huge day for Bellator FC. Early this morning we found out that Quinton Jackson had inked a deal with the organization and shortly after rumors started circulating that former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo was working on a deal with the SPIKE TV based organization. Now, according to  MMA...

May 1, 2013 4:45 pm

Playing Matchmaker: Cheick Kongo’s First Fights Outside The UFC

It’s official: Cheick Kongo and the Ultimate Fighting Championship are no longer affiliated with each other. After nearly seven years of working for the UFC and calling the octagon his home, Kongo is looking to pursue a career outside of Zuffa. Kongo’s first win over a big-name came after he defeated Mirko Cro Cop by...

May 1, 2013 3:33 pm

UPDATE: Kongo Leaves UFC On Own Terms, Will Continue Fighting Outside The Octagon

As it turns out, Cheick Kongo has decided to leave the UFC on his own terms. After a seven year, 18 fight stint in the organization, the veteran heavyweight has fulfilled the last fight on his current contract, and will not look to renew. According to a report by MMAFighting, Kongo’s long-time manager Anthony McGann...

May 1, 2013 10:29 am

Longtime Heavyweight Cheick Kongo Removed From UFC Roster

After competing under the UFC banner for seven-straight years it looks as if the French-born Cheick Kongo has been released by the promotion following his most recent defeat at the hands of Roy Nelson this past Saturday. Kongo’s profile was recently removed from the active roster at UFC.com which likely signifies the termination of his contract....

Apr 28, 2013 8:31 am

UFC 159 | Post-fight bonuses: Healy nabs two with win over Miller

As a strange and bizarre night comes to a close, post-fight bonuses were handed out after Saturday’s UFC 159 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The night – headlined by Jon Jones’ successful UFC light heavyweight title defense over Chael Sonnen via stoppage late in the first round – was dotted with two...