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Cheick Kongo and Vinicius Spartan will compete for the heavyweight title shot in the main card of Bellator 106
Bellator officials have announced today that the heavyweight tourney finals between Cheick Kongo and Vinicius “Spartan” Queiroz will take place in Bellator 106. The addition of the fight completed the event’s 5-fight main card that is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown of UFC legends Tito Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Kongo has recently made his successful debut with Bellator by stopping Mark Godbeer in the second round of the tournament’s semifinal bout held more than a week ago. It marks Kongo’s first fight outside of UFC since signing with them in 2006. He parted ways with the promotion last April after the KO loss to Roy Nelson.
Queiroz, on the otherhand will try to look for his first back to back wins with Bellator. He is coming off a sensational knockout over Lavar Johnson where he stopped the UFC veteran in less than a minute of the first round of their fight in Bellator 102. Prior to that win, he was defeated by now Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov in the semifinals of Bellator’s season 7 heavyweight tournament.View Article Source »
Cheick Kongo kicked off his Bellator career with a TKO win over Mark GOdbeer
Visala, California – Two UFC veterans has split their debuts in the latest event of Bellator that was held this Friday in Visalia Convention Center, Visalia California. Bellator 102 has featured a pair of heavyweight and middleweight semifinal bouts as well the bantamweight tournament finals.
The two UFC veterans, Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson were expected to blow out their opponents but only one of them earned a win in their promotional debut. Cheick Kongo (19-8-2) has won his Bellator debut by stopping Mark Godbeer (8 – 2) in the second round of their semifinal bout. After an uneventful first round, Kongo slipped a haymaker and moved around to his opponent’s back. He then delivered his patented vicious knees in the clinch when Godbeer attempted to reverse the position. The overmatched Englishman tried to cover but he later crumpled in the floor due to the strikes. Big John McCarthy stopped the fight at 2:04 mark of the round. The win advances Kongo into the finals where he will meet Vinicius Queiroz, the man who has just beaten his fellow UFC veteran Lavar Johnson.Read the rest of the article »
Bellator middleweight prospect Michael Page injured and out of Bellator 102
Michael Page has suffered an injury and has pulled out from his upcoming against Kenny Ento in Bellator 102. The promotion has not sought a replacement and decided to remove the fight in their cards.
Page, a product of London Shootfighers is undefeated in his 5 professional bouts. He has stopped all of his opponents in the first round. He was regarded as the next best thing of Bellator’s middleweight division after his 10 second demolition of Ryan Sanders in his debut with the promotion. In his most recent fight, Page submitted Ramdan Mohammed by a rear naked choke. His opponent, Kenny Ento was supposed to make his debut in Bellator. He has a record of 13 wins and 12 losses and has lost 6 of his last seven fights.
The event, which will be held this Friday at Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, California, will also feature the Bellator debut of UFC veterans Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson. The two fighters will be part of Bellator’s Season 9 heavyweight tourney. Kongo will lock horns with Mark Godbeer while Johnson is slated to face Vinicius Kappke de Queiroz.
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Antônio Rodrigo ‘Big Nog’ Nogueira has not fully healed from his arm surgery
Former UFC heavyweight champ Antônio Rodrigo ‘Big Nog’ Nogueira’s injury has not healed fast enough for him to enter another bout. He underwent a surgery to repair his broken arm, after losing to Frank Mir at UFC 141.Read the rest of the article »
"Cheick is salty. That's going to be a real test for me. But honestly, I'm excited. That's why I started fighting. I want to be tested." --- Matt Mitrione
Undefeated UFC heavyweight fighter – Matt Mitrione – will soon face the toughest challenge of his young MMA career, as he is slated to meet Cheick Kongo at next month’s UFC 137 in Las Vegas. However, he is not intimidated with the veteran at the very least. In fact, Matt Mitrione stated that challenges like Cheick Kongo are exactly what drew him to the sports in the first place. And a win over the veteran would give him exactly what he’s seeking — job opportunity.
Matt Mitrione believes that the winner at UFC 137 will be ultimately decided by how many of their career lessons can be applied within a 15-minute time frame — and if his own athleticism can help make any potential gap.Read the rest of the article »
UFC officials announced the latest addition to the UFC 137, with a heavyweight showdown between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo.
UFC officials confirmed on Thursday that a heavyweight showdown between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo will be added to the UFC 137 fightcard.
Matt Mitrione is considered to be one of the most powerful knockout fighters, as he looked much better everytime he steps in the Octagon. He also have a flawless record, including his recent victory at UFC on Versus 4 over Christian Morecraft. On the other hand, Cheick Kongo also fought in the UFC on Versus 4, where he showcased one of the most memorable comeback victory in the history of promotion. He knocked out Pat Barry on their match after getting dropped twice to the mat.
The two fighters are scheduled to face each other inside the Octagon in October at the UFC 137.View Article Source »
After hitting the mat two times, Cheick Kongo returned to his feet to finish Pat Barry with an uppercut at last Sunday's UFC Live 4.
The end of the bout between Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo in UFC Live 4’s main event on Sunday is one the most unpredictable endings in UFC history. After being the dominant fighter during their match, Pat Barry hits the floor – unconscious – as Cheick Kongo strikes him with a deadly uppercut.
Cheick Kongo received tremendous amount of brutal attacks from Pat Barry that causes him to hit the floor two times. Meanwhile, the latter almost knocked out his opponent with ground and pound. But Cheick Kongo regained his composure and hit Pat Barry with two enormous punches that knocks the latter unconscious. That punch from nowhere ended their match. Shocking almost everybody watching the UFC Live 4 tournament.View Article Source »
Have a glimpse of The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh -- the venue wherein UFC on Versus 4 will be held this Sunday.
For the first time, The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh will be hosting a big Ultimate Fighting Championship event this coming Sunday. The UFC on Versus 4, which features the face-off between 170-pound former middleweight champ Nate Marquardt and Rick Story in a 3-round match, will be televised on Versus network at 9 p.m. ET. The event will also air several duels, such as Matt Brown vs. John Howard, Patrick Barry vs. Cheick Kongo, and Christian Morecraft vs. Matt Mitrione.
The Consol Energy Center’s architectural design was created by Populous, the same team who designed the Heinz Field and PNC Park. It was opened last August at a cost of over 321 million dollars. The first event that was held in Consol Energy Center is the Paul McCartney concert on August 18. The venue has 12 escalators, two 360-degree LED rings placed around the seating bowl, 800 high-quality TVs, and a brew pub on the upper concourse.
With a seating capacity of 20,000, The Consol Energy Center is said to be the home to the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Power. And has also been chosen to host the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four.View Article Source »
UFC 120 is indeed a good fight, but not all winners went home okay. So for medical purposes, UFC suspended 20 fighters from the event. Check out the who's who below.
The Ultimate Fighting Championships issued medical suspensions to the 20 UFC 120 fighters for precautionary measures. As with most overseas shows, the UFC acted as its own regulatory body since no hosting athletic commission was available. The regulatory body was headed by UFC Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Marc Ratner.
Both Mike Pyle and Cheick Kongo will face a 180-day suspension due to a right hand injury. However, a clear X-ray result will lift their sanction. Travis Browne is suspended for 180 days due to a left hand injury. But he can be cleared early if an X-ray detects no problem with his thumb. All three of them, though cleared, will still undergo a mandatory 30-day suspension for precautionary reasons. Rob Broughton will also face a 180-day suspension due to possible shoulder and chest injuries. He need to have an X-ray examination and MRI to be cleared early. Still, his mandatory suspension will run for 45 days.
Other suspensions, all for preventive measures, are posted after the skip.Read the rest of the article »
Here are the Official Results of the UFC 120 London Event. Check out the gallery for our exclusive photos at the event.
The official weigh-in results for Saturday’s UFC 120 event are up. UFC 120 was headlined by middleweights Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Plus there was also a fight between welterweights Dan Hardy and Carlos Condit. This event was aired at Spike TV via same day delay. The event was take place at O2 Arena in London, England 8pm ET / PT.
Yoshihiro Akiyama (185) VS Michael Bisping (185)
Carlos Condit (170) VS Dan Hardy (171)
Mike Pyle (170) VS John Hathaway (171)
Travis Browne (251) VS Cheick Kongo (228)
Claude Patrick (171) VS James Wilks (170)
Alexander Gustafsson (204) VS Cyrille Diabate (204)
Vinicius Queiroz (239) VS Rob Broughton (257)
Mark Holst (155) VS Paul Sass (155)
Curt Warburton (154) VS Spencer Fisher (155)
Fabio Maldonado (204) VS James McSweeney (205)
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