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Cheick Kongo

Cheick Kongo

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  • Given Name: Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo
  • Professional MMA Record: 21-9-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: N/A
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 39 | Date of Birth: 1975.05.17
  • Last Fight: May 17, 2014 in BFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Quoniam Gym
  • Height: 6'4" (194cm) | Reach: 82.0" (208cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $618,000 USD
  • Born: Paris, France
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Widnes, United Kingdom
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Cheick Kongo's real name is Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo, born 17th May 1975.  Outside of the cage, Kongo boasts the title of columnist for Top Fight Magazine and is cousin to famous rugby start Fulgence Ouedraogo. Kongo got his start by training in the arts of Kendo and Karaté and later down the road added kickboxing, Greco-Roman Wrestling and Muay Thai to round his skills out to become a complete martial artist.  Kongo has also taken on Pencat Silat, an Indonesian martial art.


One of the most imposing physical specimens ever to compete in MMA, UFC heavyweight and French native Cheick Kongo appears straight out of central casting for a man you would not want to fight. His Atlas-like physique is not merely for show; Kongo is a skilled kickboxer with a long reach who, in recent fights, has increasingly exhibited the relentless and imposing takedown ability he is physically capable of.


As has frequently been the case with European fighters, Kongo’s freestyle wrestling has been his weakness, and led directly to three of his Octagon losses, in which Carmelo Marrero, Heath Herring and Cain Velasquez, respectively, outwrestled and outgrinded their way to decisions. If Kongo can turn his ground weakness into a strength he will be extremely difficult to beat. As a result, despite an up-and-down record he should not be overlooked as a possible future title holder.


Now sporting a dozen Octagon appearances beginning all the way back at UFC 61 in July 2006, Kongo can also rightfully be called an MMA veteran.


Kongo has left the UFC in May 2013 after suffering two quick knockout losses to heavy hitting opponents Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson with a decision win over Shawn Jordan sandwiched in between. Despite that Kongo has stated that he was not cut by the organization and that they parted ways on good terms. He has then followed his teammate Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to Bellator MMA where he would make his debut in October 2013.


In Bellator he has defeated the Englishman Mark Goodbeer via TKO and then the Australian Peter Graham via decision. He would face the undefeated Bellator Heavyweight Champion, the Russian Vitaly Minakov next but would lose a decision.

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Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Lavar Johnson

Bellator 123: Curran vs. Pitbull 2
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2014.09.05
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:35 Round 2 of 3, 9:35 Total

Eric Smith
Ref: John McCarthy

Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2014.05.17
Odds: -780 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Vitaly Minakov
Ref: Herb Dean

Bellator 115: Minakov vs. Kongo
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2014.04.04
Odds: +240 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 232.8 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Peter Graham
Ref: Kerry Hatley

Bellator 107: Kongo vs. Graham
Main Event | Tournament Finals | 265 lbs

2013.11.08
Odds: -145 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 237.1 lbs
Cancelled Bout Vinicius Quieroz Bellator 106 2013.11.02
Reason: Quieroz ACL Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:04 Round 2 of 3, 7:04 Total

Mark Godbeer
Ref: John McCarthy

Bellator 102: Kongo vs. Godbeer
Main Event | Tournament Semifinal | 265 lbs

2013.10.04
Odds: -550 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 235.9 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:03 Round 1 of 3

Roy Nelson
Ref: Kevin Mulhall

UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.04.27
Odds: +190 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Base | Weigh-In: 237.0 lbs
#33 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC 159 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Shawn Jordan
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.07.21
Odds: -125 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 231.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC 149 2012.07.21
Reason: Nogueira Arm Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:11 Round 1 of 3

Mark Hunt
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Main Card | Heavyweight | 120 kg

2012.02.25
Odds: -275 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 229.0 lbs
#9 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Matt Mitrione
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.10.29
Odds: +110 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $140,000 ($70K Base, $70K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 234.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:39 Round 1 of 3

Pat Barry
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC on Versus 4: Barry vs. Kongo
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.06.26
Odds: -220 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 234.4 lbs
#26 Greatest Fight of All Time
#10 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#78 Biggest Upset of All Time
#7 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#5 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#3 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
#2 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC on Versus 4 Knockout of the Night
Draw | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Travis Browne
Ref: Marc Goddard

UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.10.16
Odds: -190 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 228.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Elbows
1:16 Round 3 of 3, 11:16 Total

Paul Buentello
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs Jones
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.03.21
Odds: -461 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $110,000 ($55K Base, $55K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 237.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:12 Round 1 of 3

Frank Mir
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.12.12
Odds: +164 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 239.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Daft Punk - Face to Face
#39 Greatest Submission of All Time
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Cain Velasquez
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 99: The Comeback
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.06.13
Odds: +161 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 230.0 lbs
Walkout Music: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:29 Round 2 of 3, 7:29 Total

Antoni Hardonk
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 97: Redemption
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.04.18
Odds: -310 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 232.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:37 Round 1 of 3

Mostapha Al Turk
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.12.27
Odds: -325 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($45K Base, $45K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 233.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:55 Round 1 of 3

Dan Evensen
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 87: Seek and Destroy
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.08.09
Odds: -513 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 235.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Heath Herring
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.03.01
Odds: -190 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 Base | Weigh-In: 233.5 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mirko Filipovic
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 75: Champion vs Champion
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.09.08
Odds: +315 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 231.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Assuerio Silva
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 70: Nations Collide
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.04.21
Odds: +195 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 229.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Carmelo Marrero
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 64: Unstoppable
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.10.14
Odds: -550 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 226.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
2:51 Round 1 of 3

Christian Wellisch
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 62: Liddell vs Sobral
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.08.26
Odds: -170 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $12,000 ($6K Base, $6K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 230.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:13 Round 1 of 3

Gilbert Aldana
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 61: Bitter Rivals
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.07.08
Odds: -117 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 229.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Dave Dalgliesh

RINGS

2005.12.11
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Gabor Nemeth

KOTR

2005.06.04
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Gilbert Yvel

It's Showtime

2004.05.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Joop Kasteel

RINGS

2004.04.04
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Dave Vader

RINGS

2003.09.27
Win | Submission | Armlock

Hans Nijman

It's Showtime

2003.06.08
Draw

Michael Knaap

It's Showtime

2002.09.29
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Rodney Glunder

RINGS

2002.06.02
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Dave van der Veen

RINGS

2001.12.02
Win | Submission | Leglock

Andre Tete

RINGS

2001.06.10

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