Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo (18-8-2) has officially signed with Bellator the promotion announced on Wednesday. Once his UFC contract had ended, Kongo decided to follow in the footsteps of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Tito Ortiz who’ve recently joined the organization.
He will make his debut this September 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.”
“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.”
Kongo left the UFC with an 11-6-1 record. His Knockout of the Night win over Pat Barry was one of his most memorable victories to date. His last decision win where he topped Shawn Jordan on the scorecards was viewed as a lackluster effort. In his last five, Kongo has gone 3-2.
Additional details on the signing along with Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament pairings will be announced in the coming weeks.