Heavyweight Cheick Kongo signs with Bellator MMA, joins Season 9 tourney field
Bellator MMA has a new (but familiar) addition to its heavyweight division: longtime UFC fighter Cheick Kongo.
Bellator officials today announced the signing, though terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Although an exact debut date hasn't been announced, he's joined the organization's Season 9 heavyweight tournament, which kicks is expected to kick off in September. However, in a prepared statement, Kongo (18-8-2 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC), suggested he'll debut instead in October.
Josh Barnett Ready to Make the First Defense of the UFC Title He Won a Decade Ago
Josh Barnett will be returning to the UFC after an 11-year absence to take on fellow former heavyweight champion Frank Mir in Milwaukee on Saturday night.
With nine wins in his last ten fights, Barnett is clearly still a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division. More than that, he believes he is still the champion because he hasn’t lost a fight in the Octagon since winning the title at UFC 36...
UFC Fight Night 27 preview: 40 pre-fight facts for 'Condit vs. Kampmann 2'
The UFC returns to the Midwest on Wednesday as "UFC Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann 2" takes place from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
It has been nearly three years since the organization visited Indiana, and it has put together a solid fight to entertain the MMA-thirsty fans in the region.
For the first time since Fabricio Werdum faced Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC on FUEL TV 10 earlier this year, a non-title rematch will headline an event as ranked welterweights Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann will mix it up for a second time more than four years after their initial meeting...
Ryan LaFlare vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio added to November's UFC Fight Night 32
"The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2" finalist Santiago Ponzinibbio (18-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his official UFC debut in November, as he meets Ryan LaFlare (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 32.
The new booking was first reported by Combate, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed that both fighters have agreed to the contest. UFC execs have yet to officially announce the matchup.
VIDEO | Wanderlei Silva Ready To Break Sonnen’s Nose, Make Him Swallow His Own Teeth
Wanderlei Silva has an intense and clear message for Chael Sonnen!
“I’m only waiting for the date and the location. Because the people want this fight and I want this fight. Sonnen, I will beat you up, you coward… why do I have so many fans? Why does everybody want to watch me fight? Why are you my fan? It’s because I fight with all my heart.
“I don’t go int here to give up. Like Sonnen did against Jones in the very first round. Like he did against Anderson, when a knee to the chest and stayed down like a little girl.
“Sonnen is a lower level fighter. Don’t listen to what that fool says. Now you’ve messed with the wrong guy, and I will beat you up.
Bermudez vs. Lentz, Chiesa vs. Smith added to UFC's 'Fight for the Troops 3'
The UFC's next "Fight for the Troops" card is filling quickly, and Dennis Bermudez (11-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) vs. Nik Lentz (24-5-2 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) and Michael Chiesa (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Colton Smith (3-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) are the latest additions to the lineup.
With the additions to the card, the UFC Fight Night 31 lineup now includes:
Tim Kennedy vs. Lyoto Machida
Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal
Seth Baczynski vs. Neil Magny
Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero
Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin
Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop
Dennis Bermudez vs. Nik Lentz
Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith