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Cheick Kongo, Javy Ayala announced as Bellator Grand-Prix alternates

Post by Kingfedor on Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:14 am


Scott Coker announced that Cheick Kongo and Javy Ayala would serve as alternates in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand-Prix.

Cheick Kongo (27-10-2) has won a very solid five straight fights, including wins over Augusto Sakai, Tony Johnson Jr., and Alexander Volkov. Despite the solid streak, Kongo has not picked up a win via finish since September of 2014 where he submitted Lavar Johnson. The 42-year-old seasoned heavyweight veteran will be on standby in case any grand-prix participant pulls out of their respective bout over the course of 2018.

The Frenchman has fought four of the eight tournament fighters, going 1-3 in the process. In late 2009, Kongo was dropped and quickly submitted by Frank Mir at UFC 107. At UFC 137 in October of 2011, Kongo picked up a very uneventful unanimous decision against a 5-0 Matt Mitrione. Two years later he was quickly knocked out by Roy Nelson at UFC 159, and early in his Bellator tenure, he dropped a split decision to “King Mo”.

Javy Ayala (10-6) most recently lost a very close unanimous decision to Roy Nelson in the co-main event of Bellator 183. Prior to this, the Californian picked up the biggest win of his career with a 16-second KO against heavyweight legend Sergei Kharitonov. That win marked his fifth under the Bellator banner, with all five of those being via finish.

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Post by CDF47 on Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:20 am

Kongo is a good alternate. Was hoping Sergei or Lashley would be the other alternate.

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Post by Rocksoldier84 on Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:31 pm

CDF47 wrote:Kongo is a good alternate.  Was hoping Sergei or Lashley would be the other alternate.

Agree though I am glad they put a young guy in there.
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Post by CDF47 on Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:27 pm

Rocksoldier84 wrote:
CDF47 wrote:Kongo is a good alternate.  Was hoping Sergei or Lashley would be the other alternate.

Agree though I am glad they put a young guy in there.

That's true.

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Post by nodogoshi on Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:04 pm

CDF47 wrote:Kongo is a good alternate.  Was hoping Sergei or Lashley would be the other alternate.

What would be especially sick is if they had Sergei/Lashley fight Kongo/Ayala for the alternate spots Wink.

If the tournament then went off without a hitch, the two alternates could fight in an unofficial eliminator of sorts on or near the time of the main event.

This would be an 'unofficial eliminator' because while it would presumably position the winner in a good spot to later challenge the tournament winner, based on the condition of other tournament participants and their availability, there might be the possibility of staging a rematch of a particularly close and entertaining battle, and/or the staging of a consolation match of sorts among previous tournament losers.

If all of this occurred, there could emerge at least two contenders. If the tournament champion is available for a relatively quick turn around, contenders are ready. If the champ needs a break following the tournament, there can be a final eliminator.

All these fights can potentially be stand alone cards, but with that said putting two heavyweight fights on a single card would really boost the interest in the card.

There's my two cents. Of course, you can't have it all.

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Re: Cheick Kongo, Javy Ayala announced as Bellator Grand-Prix alternates

Post by CDF47 on Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:10 am

nodogoshi wrote:
CDF47 wrote:Kongo is a good alternate.  Was hoping Sergei or Lashley would be the other alternate.

What would be especially sick is if they had Sergei/Lashley fight Kongo/Ayala for the alternate spots Wink.

If the tournament then went off without a hitch, the two alternates could fight in an unofficial eliminator of sorts on or near the time of the main event.

This would be an 'unofficial eliminator' because while it would presumably position the winner in a good spot to later challenge the tournament winner, based on the condition of other tournament participants and their availability, there might be the possibility of staging a rematch of a particularly close and entertaining battle, and/or the staging of a consolation match of sorts among previous tournament losers.

If all of this occurred, there could emerge at least two contenders. If the tournament champion is available for a relatively quick turn around, contenders are ready. If the champ needs a break following the tournament, there can be a final eliminator.

All these fights can potentially be stand alone cards, but with that said putting two heavyweight fights on a single card would really boost the interest in the card.

There's my two cents. Of course, you can't have it all.

That would be cool. They definitely have the time for it.

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