Cheick Kongo

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Cheick Kongo
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Born Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo
(1975-05-17) May 17, 1975 (age 39)
Paris, France
Nationality French
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 82 in (208 cm)
Team Wolfslair MMA Academy
Trainer Anthony McGann
Rank Black belt in Karate
Black belt in Kendo
Brown belt in Pencak Silat Setia Hati Terate
Years active 2001–present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
Total 23
Wins 21
By knockout 12
Losses 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 33
Wins 22
By knockout 12
By submission 4
By decision 6
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 5
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 17, 2010

Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo[1] (born May 17, 1975), more commonly known as Cheick Kongo, is a French heavyweight mixed martial artist and kickboxer who fights in Bellator MMA. According to the global-mma.com rankings, he is the number 6 ranked fighter in the world outside of the UFC.

Early life[edit]

Born to a Burkinabé father and a Congolese mother, Kongo began training in martial arts when he was 5 years old, learning Kendo and Karate. As he grew older, he had already received black belt from both styles and began to expand his repertoire and trained in Muay Thai, kickboxing, Savate and Greco-Roman wrestling at age of 16. At age 19, he studied Pencak Silat Setia Hati Terate, an Indonesian martial art, and was coached by Charles Joussot and Franck Ropers, men who brought silat to France.[2] He is also a cousin of rugby star Fulgence Ouedraogo, the French back-rower. Cheick is also a columnist for the French MMA magazine, Top Fight.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

On June 10, 2001, Kongo began his professional career by knocking out Doog Ward. Kongo then followed up that win with a TKO over Dave van der Veen. He then lost his third professional MMA fight to Rodney Faverus by decision. He faced Gilbert Yvel on May 20, losing for the second time in his career when he tapped to strikes in the second round. He trained with Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva in the early days of Pride Fighting Championships.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Kongo entered the UFC to fight Gilbert Aldana at UFC 61, whom he beat by TKO due to a doctor stoppage. Kongo followed up with a win over UFC newcomer Christian Wellisch by KO due to a knee strike, before losing to UFC newcomer Carmelo Marrero at UFC 64. Then, Kongo defeated Assuerio Silva by majority decision at UFC 70. At UFC 75 on September 8, 2007, he defeated Mirko Filipović by unanimous decision. The fight was surrounded with some controversy because Kongo delivered 3 illegal groin knees and did not have any points deducted.[citation needed] He fought against Heath Herring at UFC 82, losing by split decision. At UFC 87 he fought against UFC newcomer Dan "The Viking" Evensen, whom he defeated by first-round TKO.

Kongo fought at UFC 92 on December 27, 2008 where he beat former Cage Rage British Heavyweight champion Mustapha Al Turk by TKO. Kongo dropped Al Turk with two right hands. Then fired on a vicious ground and pound attack, Kongo pounced on Al Turk with elbows and punches, opening up a big cut above the eye.[3] Referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight after 4:37 of the first round.[3] This fight was also somewhat controversial because Kongo hit Al-Turk with a groin knee prior to the stoppage. In his next fight he then defeated Antoni Hardonk at UFC 97[4] by second-round TKO.

Kongo replaced Heath Herring on three weeks notice at UFC 99 to face the up-and-coming Cain Velasquez in the co-main event. Kongo lost to Velasquez by unanimous decision in a one-sided affair. He did however, manage to drop Velasquez on two occasions with straight punches. It had been rumoured that if he was to defeat Velasquez, Kongo would earn a title shot against the winner of the UFC 100 Heavyweight Championship between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. Mir lost his bout against Lesnar and actually ended up fighting Kongo at UFC 107. During the pre-fight talk, Mir stated that Kongo had no ground game, so at the weigh ins Cheick Kongo turned his back to Mir, to be disrespectful. Mir won the fight by a submission. After connecting with a left overhand punch that dropped Kongo, Mir finished him with a guillotine choke, rendering Kongo unconscious just 72 seconds into the first round.[5]

Kongo defeated Paul Buentello on March 21, 2010 at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones by submission due to elbows.[6] In this fight Kong delivered an illegal knee to Buentello's face while he had his hand on the floor.

Kongo was expected to face The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Roy Nelson on July 3, 2010, at UFC 116 but a back injury to Kongo has caused the cancellation of the fight.[7] Kongo would end up fighting Nelson almost 3 years later at UFC 159.

Kongo's next fight was against undefeated Travis Browne at UFC 120.[8] They fought to a unanimous draw. Once again Kongo showcased a controversial fight because he repeatedly grabbed Browne's shorts and had 1 point deducted.

Kongo fought Pat Barry on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4.[9] His fight against Barry became the main event since Nate Marquardt was not medically cleared for his welterweight debut against Rick Story.[10] During the bout Kongo was dropped by a looping right hand. Visibly rocked, Kongo got back to his feet but was dropped again seconds later by another hard punch. Despite being dropped twice, Kongo was able to knock Barry out with a hard overhand right to the ear, followed by an uppercut to the chin to secure a win midway through the first round.

Kongo faced Matt Mitrione on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137. He won the fight via unanimous decision by utilizing his reach with his jab and securing multiple takedowns.[11]

Kongo faced Mark Hunt on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144.[12] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Kongo was expected to face Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.[13] However, Nogueira pulled out of the bout, citing that an arm injury sustained in his last bout against Frank Mir had not healed enough to resume the proper training and was replaced by Shawn Jordan.[14] Kongo defeated Jordan via unanimous decision.

Kongo finally faced Roy Nelson on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159, a bout that was supposed to happen almost 3 years before at UFC 116.[15] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round. After his loss to Nelson, Kongo's UFC contract expired and he was released from the UFC.[16]

Before UFC 159 the UFC offered Kongo a 4 fight deal, which he turned down.[17]

On May 4, 2013 Kongo stated that he is on good terms with the UFC and was quoted saying: "Don't believe he said-she said stories. I have not been cut by the UFC. I am Cheick Kongo so I know best what's next for me. It doesn't mean that I am leaving the UFC, it doesn't mean that I am staying – it means this is my life." Kongo has stated that he is open to the possibility of resigning a contract with the UFC.[18]

Bellator MMA[edit]

Shortly after it was announced that Cheick's teammate Rampage Jackson was going to Bellator, it was stated that Kongo will be following his teammate.[19] Kongo's move to Bellator was official on August 28, 2013.[20]

Kongo made his debut in the Season 9 Heavyweight tournament. He faced Mark Godbeer on October 4, 2013 at Bellator 102.[21] Kongo won the fight via TKO in the second round.

He was then expected to face Vinicius Queiroz in the tournament finals, on November 2, 2013 at Bellator 106.[22] But due to a change in the lineup the bout was late scrapped from the card.

Kongo vs. Queiroz was then expected to take place on November 8, 2013 at Bellator 107.[23] However, Queiroz was later forced to withdraw from the bout due to a knee injury[24] and was replaced by Peter Graham.[25] Kongo won the fight via unanimous decision.

Kongo faced undefeated Bellator Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Minakov at Bellator 115 on April 4, 2014.[26] He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision. Kongo faced Eric Smith at Bellator 120 on May 17, 2014.[27] He won the fight via TKO by way of knees & punches at 4:35 of Round 2.

Kongo faced fellow striker Lavar Johnson at Bellator 123 on September 5, 2014.[28][29] He won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.

Championships and achievements[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

  • 2005 World Champion Federation King of the Rings
  • 2005 King of Colosseum tournament champion
  • 2005 Rings World champion
  • 2004 King of the Ring Heavyweight champion
  • 2004 Muay Thai World champion
  • 2003 Intercontinental Muay Thai champion
  • 2002 Rings European champion
  • 2001 Rings European Vice champion
  • European Savate champion

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Kings of The Ring
    • Kings of The Ring Super World Champion -103 kg
  • World MMA Awards
    • 2011 Comeback of the Year

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 22–9–2 Lavar Johnson Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 123 September 5, 2014 1 3:27 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 21–9–2 Eric Smith TKO (knees & punches) Bellator 120 May 17, 2014 2 4:35 Southaven, Mississippi, United States
Loss 20–9–2 Vitaly Minakov Decision (unanimous) Bellator 115 April 4, 2014 5 5:00 Reno, Nevada, United States For the Bellator Heavyweight Championship.
Win 20–8–2 Peter Graham Decision (unanimous) Bellator 107 November 8, 2013 3 5:00 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament Final.
Win 19–8–2 Mark Godbeer TKO (knees & punches) Bellator 102 October 4, 2013 2 2:04 Visalia, California, United States Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Loss 18–8–2 Roy Nelson KO (punches) UFC 159 April 27, 2013 1 2:03 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 18–7–2 Shawn Jordan Decision (unanimous) UFC 149 July 21, 2012 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Loss 17–7–2 Mark Hunt TKO (punches) UFC 144 February 26, 2012 1 2:11 Saitama, Japan
Win 17–6–2 Matt Mitrione Decision (unanimous) UFC 137 October 29, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–6–2 Pat Barry KO (punch) UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry June 26, 2011 1 2:39 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Knockout of the Night. Knockout of the Year (2011).
Draw 15–6–2 Travis Browne Draw (unanimous) UFC 120 October 16, 2010 3 5:00 London, England Kongo docked 1 point in third round for holding Browne's shorts.
Win 15–6–1 Paul Buentello Submission (elbows to the thigh) UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones March 21, 2010 3 1:16 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 14–6–1 Frank Mir Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 107 December 12, 2009 1 1:12 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Loss 14–5–1 Cain Velasquez Decision (unanimous) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Cologne, Germany
Win 14–4–1 Antoni Hardonk TKO (punches) UFC 97 April 18, 2009 2 2:29 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 13–4–1 Mostapha Al Turk TKO (elbows & punches) UFC 92 December 27, 2008 1 4:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–4–1 Dan Evensen TKO (punches) UFC 87 August 9, 2008 1 4:55 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 11–4–1 Heath Herring Decision (split) UFC 82 March 1, 2008 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 11–3–1 Mirko Filipović Decision (unanimous) UFC 75 September 8, 2007 3 1:36 London, England
Win 10–3–1 Assuerio Silva Decision (majority) UFC 70 April 21, 2007 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Loss 9–3–1 Carmelo Marrero Decision (split) UFC 64 October 14, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–2–1 Christian Wellisch KO (knee) UFC 62 August 26, 2006 1 2:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2–1 Gilbert Aldana TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 61 July 8, 2006 1 4:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–2–1 Dave Dalgliesh TKO (punches) Rings Holland: Men of Honor December 11, 2005 2 N/A Utrecht City, Utrecht
Win 6–2–1 Gabor Nemeth KO (punches) King of the Ring June 4, 2005 2 N/A Zagreb, Croatia Won Kings Of The Ring Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 5–2–1 Gilbert Yvel TKO (punches) It's Showtime 2004 Amsterdam May 20, 2004 2 4:40 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 5–1–1 Joop Kasteel KO (punch) Rings Holland: World's Greatest April 4, 2004 1 4:31 Utrecht City, Utrecht
Win 4–1–1 Dave Vader Decision (unanimous) Rings Holland: The Untouchables September 27, 2003 3 2:00 Utrecht City, Utrecht
Win 3–1–1 Hans Nijman Submission (armbar) It's Showtime 2003 Amsterdam June 8, 2003 2 0:59 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Draw 2–1–1 Michael Knaap Draw (unanimous) It's Showtime – As Usual / Battle Time September 29, 2002 2 5:00 Haarlem, North Holland
Loss 2–1 Rodney Faverus Decision (unanimous) Rings Holland: Saved by the Bell June 2, 2002 2 5:00 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 2–0 Dave van der Veen TKO (punches) Rings Holland: Some Like It Hard December 2, 2001 2 1:25 Utrecht City, Utrecht
Win 1–0 André Tete Submission (heel hook) Rings Holland: No Guts, No Glory June 10, 2001 1 3:20 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kickboxing record (incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record
21 wins (12 KO's), 2 losses
Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win Serbia Dusko Basrak TKO (punches) King of Colloseum 2005 November 25, 2005 4 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina King of Colloseum 2005 tournament finals
Win Croatia Mladen Brestovac Decision (split) King of Colloseum 2005 November 25, 2005 3 3:00 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina King of Colloseum 2005 tournament semi-finals
Win Hungary Tihamer Brunner KO King of Colloseum 2005 November 25, 2005 Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina King of Colloseum 2005 tournament quarter-finals
Loss Brazil Glaube Feitosa Decision (unanimous) Ichigeki Paris 2005 March 19, 2005 3 3:00 Paris, France
Win Croatia Siniša Andrijašević TKO (Knee to the liver) Kings Of The Ring March 5, 2004 2 Priština, Serbia and Montenegro Wins "KING OF THE RING" Muay Thai rules, 105 kg Super world title
Win Poland Marcin Rozalski TKO (knees) 3 Paris, France

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UFC 61 Results". Boxing.nv.gov. 2006-07-08. Retrieved 2006-07-08. 
  2. ^ English – Cheick Kongo. Team-kongo.over-blog.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-04.
  3. ^ a b UFC 92 Play-by-Play
  4. ^ The Huffington Post – UK News and Opinion. Mma.fanhouse.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-04.
  5. ^ "Penn Dominates, Finishes Sanchez at UFC 107". SHERDOG.com. 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  6. ^ "Cheick Kongo vs Paul Buentello booked for UFC on Versus 1". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Cheick Kongo: injured, no confirmation on Roy Nelson matchup nor UFC 116 return". RIDDUM.com. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  8. ^ Marrocco, Steven. (2010-07-02) Heavyweights Cheick Kongo vs. Travis Browne targeted for UFC 120. MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved on 2011-08-04.
  9. ^ "Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo on tap for UFC on Versus 4 in June". mmajunkie.com. 2011-03-14. 
  10. ^ "Nate Marquardt Scratched From "UFC On Versus," Released From UFC". SB Nation. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  11. ^ "UFC 137: Cheick Kongo vs Matt Mitrione fight booked for Oct. 29 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. 2011-07-14. 
  12. ^ "Chieck Kongo vs. Mark Hunt Verbally Agreed to for UFC 144 in Japan". mmaweekly.com. 2011-11-20. 
  13. ^ "Cheick Kongo vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira added to UFC 149 in Calgary". mmajunkie.com. 2012-04-24. 
  14. ^ "Shawn Jordan replaces 'Big Nog,' meets Cheick Kongo at UFC 149". mmajunkie.com. June 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Kongo vs. Nelson added to UFC 159". mmajunkie.com. January 29, 2013. 
  16. ^ MMAjunkie.com Staff (May 1, 2013). "Cheick Kongo fulfills contract, UFC not planning to re-sign him". mmajunkie.com. 
  17. ^ "Kongo leaves UFC on own terms will continue fighting outside the octagon". bjpenn.com. 2013-05-01. 
  18. ^ http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/05/cheick-kongo-issues-statement-on-potential-to-resign-with-ufc.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Kongo follows Rampage Jackson to Bellator MMA". mmaweekly.com. 2013-06-04. 
  20. ^ "UFC vet Cheick Kongo signs with Bellator for Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament". mmaweekly.com. 2013-08-28. 
  21. ^ "Bellator 102 gets Kongo vs Godbeer, Johnson vs Queiroz". mmafighting.com. 2013-09-24. 
  22. ^ "Cheick Kongo vs Vinicius Queiroz tourney final added to Bellator 106 PPV". mmajunkie.com. 2013-10-14. 
  23. ^ "With PPV canceled, Cheick Kongo vs Vinicius Queiroz now headlines Bellator 107". mmajunkie.com. 2013-10-26. 
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  25. ^ "Cheick Kongo vs Peter Graham leads three tournament finals at Bellator 107". mmafighting.com. 2013-10-30. 
  26. ^ Staff (2014-01-17). "Vitaly Minakov vs. Cheick Kongo title fight slated for Bellator 115". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  27. ^ Matt Erickson (2014-04-18). "Bellator 120 pay-per-view adds Ivanov-Volkov, Held-Freire, three more bouts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  28. ^ "Curran vs. Pitbull Headline September 5th Kickoff From Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena Live On Spike". bellator.com. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Bellator 123 Fight Card". Bellator.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 

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