Archive: Cheick Kongo

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...

Apr 26, 2013 9:42 am

Nelson Believes That Even With a Loss He Can Be Granted Title Shot

  UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson (18-7) will battle Cheick Kongo (18-7-2) tomorrow night at UFC 159 in Newark, New Jersey. Nelson will be looking for his third straight win and if things go his way, his third straight by knockout. Even with a loss, however, Nelson believes that a title shot could still be around...

Mar 9, 2013 8:29 am

Mark Hunt vs. Junior dos Santos official for UFC 160 | UFC News

Two of the hardest hitting heavyweights will collide at UFC 160, as it was announced today that Mark Hunt (9-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will meet former champion Junior dos Santos (15-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in the evenings co-main event. Earlier this week, Alistair Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC) pulled out of the highly anticipated fight...

Mar 7, 2013 9:19 am

Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan official for UFC 161 in Winnipeg | UFC News

A heavyweight bout between Pat Barry (8-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) and Shawn Jordan (14-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to the recently announced UFC 161 card set for June 15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Following recent losses to Cheick Kongo, Stefan Struve and Lavar Johnson, it appeared that Pat Barry was in a...

Jan 30, 2013 10:32 am

Bisping vs. Belcher Official for UFC 159 Co-Main Event | UFC News

  A middleweight clash between two veteran fighters is scheduled for the co-main event of UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen. Michael ‘ The Count’ Bisping (23-5) will take on Alan ‘The Talent’ Belcher (18-7) in a fight that both fighters are looking to capitalize on as they are both coming off of losses. UFC 159...

Jan 30, 2013 10:09 am

Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson added to UFC 159 | UFC News

UFC officials recently announced that a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo (18-7-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) and Roy Nelson (18-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has been added to the UFC 159 event scheduled for April 27. Kongo last saw action in July of 2012, where he scored a win over Shawn Jordan at UFC 149 in Calgary. With the win,...

Jan 28, 2013 9:19 am

Wednesday on BJPenn.Com Radio: Mark Hunt, Manny Gamburyan, Jim Miller & Mike Dolce

  After one of their more entertaining shows ever, thanks to the charismatic Bear Frazer and great interviews from Gilbert Melendez and Urijah Faber hosts Mitch Ciccarelli and Bryan Levick are back again this Wednesday night at 8pm eastern. This week your hosts will talk to three exciting fighters and the man who is credited...

Dec 4, 2012 9:58 am

Mark Hunt vs Stefan Struve Likely for UFC on Fuel TV 8 | UFC News

UFC is looking to match heavyweights Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve  at UFC on Fuel TV 8, which will be taking place in Japan’s Saitama Super Arena on March 2.  Bout agreements have yet to be signed but is expected to air on the FUEL TV main card. Hunt vs. Struve was supposed to initially take...

Nov 20, 2012 11:03 am

White Growing Frustrated With Fighters Who Turn Down Fights | UFC NEWS

“(Kongo) turned down the fight whether it was on short notice or whatever. It’s the second fight he’s turned down in a row… It’s a lot more normal with guys who are worried about losing. Guys who are in a position where if they lose, you know what I mean? You’re either fighters or you’re...

Jul 1, 2012 9:47 pm

Nogueira Does Not Want To Rush His Return To The Octagon | UFC News

By Jamie McAllister After having to cancel his UFC 149 bout with Cheick Kongo Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira has continued to work hard on his physiotherapy sessions for his arm which was broken by Frank Mir at UFC 140. In an interview with TATAME Big Nog discusses his return and rehabilitation. “We don’t have a...