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Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:58 pm
According to MMA Weekly, Cheick Kongo "has come to terms with Bellator and will make his next cage appearance for the promotion."

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Cheick Kongo is following Wolfslair teammate Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to Bellator MMA.

MMAWeekly.com sources on Tuesday confirmed that Kongo, who recently left the UFC, has come to terms with Bellator and will make his next cage appearance for the promotion.

Kongo (18-8-2) left the UFC following a loss to Roy Nelson at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen in April. It was the final fight on his contract.

The French fighter had been offered a new UFC contract prior to that bout, but declined.

“Don’t believe he said/she said stories. I have not been cut by the UFC,” Kongo wrote on his Facebook page following widespread reports that he had been released after losing to Nelson. “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.”

Details of his Bellator deal or debut were not revealed, but it appears Kongo’s life will find it’s next chapter in the Bellator cage.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/cheick-kongo-following-teammate-rampage-jackson-to-bellator-mma

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:03 pm
Wolfslair people are slowly starting to realise that Bellator is better than the UFC, despite what the zombie contingent say.
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:17 pm
bellator got a 2 for 1 wolfslair deal...

good adition to the hw division for sure
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:21 pm
I'm not sure it's the best way to prove you are as good or better than the UFC by signing fighters who they don't want no more. Bjorn said they we're going to avoid doing this but I see someone has changed their mind.


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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:29 pm
Dagwood wrote:I'm not sure it's the best way to prove you are as good or better than the UFC by signing fighters who they don't want no more. Bjorn said they we're going to avoid doing this but I see someone has changed their mind.


I think it's more Viacom than it is Bjorn
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:31 pm
MR.WILLIE wrote:bellator got a 2 for 1 wolfslair deal...

good adition to the hw division for sure

Yup, buy one Rampage and get a free Kongo...LOL

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:32 pm
Dagwood wrote:I'm not sure it's the best way to prove you are as good or better than the UFC by signing fighters who they don't want no more. Bjorn said they we're going to avoid doing this but I see someone has changed their mind.


I think its good because if someone takes them out, that is how many new star fighters are built.

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:36 pm
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Dagwood wrote:I'm not sure it's the best way to prove you are as good or better than the UFC by signing fighters who they don't want no more. Bjorn said they we're going to avoid doing this but I see someone has changed their mind.


I think it's more Viacom than it is Bjorn

yes viacom is running the show, bjorn is just a face like when scott coker was with sf/zuffa just a tool...
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:36 pm
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MR.WILLIE wrote:bellator got a 2 for 1 wolfslair deal...

good adition to the hw division for sure

Yup, buy one Rampage and get a free Kongo...LOL

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:45 pm
Yeah these guys lost too credable guys and have already established there legacys and fanbases.

With a move to bellator it will allow the general public to assess the true talent bellator has pitting former ufc champ and top 15 hw respectively against the 'names' in bellator and up and comers excellent move.

Ufc got rid of rampage Kongo walked away he got a new contract in ufc but chose bellator over it.

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:59 pm
fka wrote:Yeah these guys lost too credable guys and have already established there legacys and fanbases.

With a move to bellator it will allow the general public to assess the true talent bellator has pitting former ufc champ and top 15 hw respectively against the 'names' in bellator and up and comers excellent move.

Ufc got rid of rampage Kongo walked away he got a new contract in ufc but chose bellator over it.

Spot on. That's the quickest way to build up fighters, in addition to their tournaments.

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:47 pm
Shit signing. Kongo is finished. He wouldn't beat Mark Holata at this point.

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:00 pm
Kongo your new Bellator HW Champ

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:03 pm
RussianTopTeam wrote:Kongo your new Bellator HW Champ

He wouldn't go 2 rounds with Volkov.

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RussianTopTeam wrote:Kongo your new Bellator HW Champ

He wouldn't go 2 rounds with Volkov.

At this point even Ron Sparks would KO him.
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RussianTopTeam wrote:Kongo your new Bellator HW Champ

He wouldn't go 2 rounds with Volkov.

At this point even Ron Sparks would KO him.

Kongo's defense was always bad, but his chin is just pure china at this point. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Ron beat him down.

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:07 pm
This signing could pay dividends for Bellator if they match him with the right prospects.

It'd be a nice name on the resume of Minakov, for example.
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Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:08 pm
wekka wrote:This signing could pay dividends for Bellator if they match him with the right prospects.

It'd be a nice name on the resume of Minakov, for example.

i agree...
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wekka wrote:This signing could pay dividends for Bellator if they match him with the right prospects.

It'd be a nice name on the resume of Minakov, for example.

Yeah, this is how I see it. I don't think they'll push Kongo towards anything; he's just someone to feed to prospects now.

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Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:40 pm
I don't like the move, but is not easy to find good heavyweights these days.
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wekka wrote:This signing could pay dividends for Bellator if they match him with the right prospects.

It'd be a nice name on the resume of Minakov, for example.

Yeah, this is how I see it. I don't think they'll push Kongo towards anything; he's just someone to feed to prospects now.
Yup, exactly what the UFC has been doing all these years.
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Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:50 am
I'm still waiting for someone to feed me Dana. No... seriously.



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Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:33 pm
French Native Will Make Bellator Tournament Debut In September

Newport Beach, CA. (August 28th, 2013) – As Bellator prepares to embark on the start of the fall season as well as November’s highly anticipated Bellator Pay-Per-View “Rampage vs. Tito”, the promotion announced today the signing of French heavyweight Cheick Kongo. The fan favorite is scheduled to make his debut this September for Bellator, and will be featured in the Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament.

“After my contract was up in the UFC, I really wanted to take some time and reflect on everything,” Kongo said. “After talking to the people around me, especially someone like my longtime friend in Rampage, he told me how well Bellator has been treating him and what we can do with Bellator, and after getting to know Bjorn Rebney, it just seemed like the right fit for me. I know I have plenty of fight left in me, and my fight in October is the first step to getting that Bellator Heavyweight Title.”

Kongo leaves the UFC with a 4-2-1 record since 2009 and holds notable victories over “Cro Cop”, Pat Berry and Matt Mitrione during his time with the UFC. As one of the most imposing yet charismatic fighters in MMA, Kongo is well aware of what is expected of him inside the Bellator cage.

“My fans mean the world to me, and I want to show them what I am capable of every time I go out and fight,” Kongo stated. “I always want to deliver a good show to whoever is watching, and that won’t change in Bellator.”

“If you’re an MMA fan, you’re a Kongo fan,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “No matter who he fights he’s always going to bring the fight and put on a great show, and he’s one of the best guys you’ll have the pleasure of dealing with in MMA. This is another example of our alliance with Wolfslair and Anthony McGann resulting in our signing an exciting, explosive fighter to our roster who fans know and love.”

Additional details on the signing along with Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament pairings will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide in over 135 countries, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top mixed martial artists. Bellator’s founder & CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator’s core philosophy is that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the subjective side of fighting sports found in organizations that utilize a matchmaking/casting formula. Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Newport Beach, California.

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Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:59 pm
Finally.  Great signing for Bellator.

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Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:01 pm
Absolutely great and I think he would last against volkov probly take him down and could win volkov isn't a power Guy at all.

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