Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo signs with Bellator


As Bellator grew as an organization one thing they had originally stood bye was building homegrown talent and not signing ex-UFC stars. As of late, that has changed with the addition of Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz, and now the signing of heavyweight Cheick Kongo:

Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo is headed for the "toughest tournament in sports," according to a release sent out by Bellator on Wednesday. The release says that the French native will make his promotional debut in September, as a participant in the Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament.

Kongo will help fortify a heavyweight field that has been in a state of flux since the sudden retirement of then-champion Cole Konrad. Russian Alexander Volkov won the vacant title in Bellator’s Season 7 heavyweight tournament finals with a decision victory Richard Hale.

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Nexuscrawlers site profile image  

8/29/13 5:11 PM by Nexuscrawlers


liquidrob site profile image  

8/29/13 9:57 AM by liquidrob

Of course Volkov and Minakov, there HW division is getting better

liquidrob site profile image  

8/29/13 9:56 AM by liquidrob

They can actually put a fun HW tournament now, there HWs have been blah in the past, but now they have Kongo, Ivanov, Ruslan, Peter Graham, that ex boxer, Martinez, Big Monster

Chris27 site profile image  

8/28/13 9:35 PM by Chris27

Another 4 man, guess it makes sense in a weak div to have 2 contenders rather than stick 8 guys in a tournament and only get one contender out of them.  

AMartElbow site profile image  

8/28/13 9:31 PM by AMartElbow

4 man they said. Ryan Martinez is my cousin just so you know lol

RockMeAmadeus site profile image  

8/28/13 9:17 PM by RockMeAmadeus

Kongo will become the bellator #1 HW. lol

PeaceThroughStrength site profile image  

8/28/13 8:58 PM by PeaceThroughStrength

Considering the vitriol you spew towards anything ufc, Im going to assume that you are implying that Kongo no longer wanted to fight in the UFC and that's why he signed with Bellator.It has nothing to do with the ufc not renewing his contract.Good for Kongo if he can continue to get payed for fighting,but don't pretend he wouldn't still be fighting in the ufc if they decided to renew is contract.

sparkuri site profile image  

8/28/13 8:11 PM by sparkuri

Yay.More depth, less Conrad...

gokudamus stole my name iv site profile image  

8/28/13 8:08 PM by gokudamus stole my name iv

That's where he's belonged for years.

KZTT_FawkingxD site profile image  

8/28/13 8:04 PM by KZTT_FawkingxD

Sad to see him leave the UFC the way he did but he's a stud hope he can turn things around and do great in bellator