Heavyweight Veteran Cheick Kongo Inks Bellator Extension

Ryan Bader an Cheick Kongo face off after weigh in

Image source: Cheick Kongo Instagram (@kongo4real)

A report from MMA Junkie has confirmed that Bellator heavyweight Cheick Kongo will continue his run with the promotion as he signs a new multi-fight deal.

Kongo has been with the promotion since 2015 now and has become a Bellator veteran racking up 15-fights with the promotion to take a 12-2 record in Bellator.

Kongo joined the promotion after an 18-fight stint in the UFC ending his run with a 12-6 (1 NC) record before making the move to Bellator. Some of Kongo’s wins in the UFC included Mirko Cro Cop, Pat Barry, Matt Mitrione and Shawn Jordan.

The Frenchman has only lost two fights by decision so far at Bellator with a unanimous decision loss to Vitaly Minakov in his first Bellator title shot and a split decision loss to Muhammed Lawal in 2015.

After his loss to Lawal, Kongo put together an eight-fight winning streak including wins over Javy Ayala, Timothy Johnson and avenging his loss to Vitaly Minakov. The winning streak got him a shot at Ryan Bader’s title, but the bout was ended controversially after an accidental eye poke leading to a no-contest result.

There is currently no word on when the 44-year-old Kongo will return to competition, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic meaning Bellator are currently not holding events.

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