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Cheick Kongo

Cheick Kongo

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  • Given Name: Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo
  • Professional MMA Record: 22-9-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: N/A
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 39 | Date of Birth: 1975.05.17
  • Last Fight: September 05, 2014 in BFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 238.0 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

Cheick Kongo Wiki Update Wiki

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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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Choke
3:27 Round 1 of 3

Lavar Johnson
21-9-2 18-9-0

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

2014.09.05
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 238.0 lbs | Referee: Todd Anderson
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:35 Round 2 of 3, 9:35 Total

Eric Smith
20-9-2 6-1-0

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

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

Vitaly Minakov
20-8-2 13-0-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Peter Graham
19-8-2 9-5-0

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

2013.11.08
Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 237.1 lbs | Referee: Kerry Hatley
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
18-8-2 8-1-0

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

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

Roy Nelson
18-7-2 18-7-0

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 | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
#34 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC 159 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Shawn Jordan
17-7-2 13-3-0

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

2012.07.21
Odds: -125 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 231.0 lbs | Referee: Yves Lavigne
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
17-6-2 7-7-0

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

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

Matt Mitrione
16-6-2 5-0-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:39 Round 1 of 3

Pat Barry
15-6-2 6-2-0

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 | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#25 Greatest Fight of All Time
#11 Greatest Knockout 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
15-6-1 10-0-0

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

2010.10.16
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 228.0 lbs | Referee: Marc Goddard | Walkout Music: Despo Rutti - Dangeroots
Win | Submission | Elbows
1:16 Round 3 of 3, 11:16 Total

Paul Buentello
14-6-1 27-11-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:12 Round 1 of 3

Frank Mir
14-5-1 12-4-0

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

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

Cain Velasquez
14-4-1 5-0-0

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

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

Antoni Hardonk
13-4-1 8-4-0

UFC 97: Redemption
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

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

Mostapha Al Turk
12-4-1 6-3-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:55 Round 1 of 3

Dan Evensen
11-4-1 10-2-0

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

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

Heath Herring
11-3-1 27-13-0

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 | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mirko Filipovic
10-3-1 22-5-2

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

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

Assuerio Silva
9-3-1 12-5-0

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 | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Carmelo Marrero
9-2-1 5-0-0

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 | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
2:51 Round 1 of 3

Christian Wellisch
8-2-1 6-2-0

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 | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
4:13 Round 1 of 3

Gilbert Aldana
7-2-1 5-1-0

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 | Referee: Yves Lavigne
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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