Cheick Kongo has a new opponent and is set to battle Peter Graham in the Heavyweight Tournament Final at Bellator 107 on November 8th. Initally, Kongo was expected to meet Vinicius “Spartan” Quieroz who suffered a knee injury that forced him to withdraw from their planned bout at Bellator 106.
Kongo made his Bellator debut earlier this month where he stopped Mark Godbeer with strikes in the second round. All that stands in his way of capturing the 100,000 tournament prize is Graham.
“I want to fight the best in Bellator so I can be the best,” Kongo said via press release. “When I try to do things as a competitor, I want to be the best. I messed up before because I wasn’t focused like I’ve been from the beginning. But, now … I will be the best. It’s my time. I came to Bellator for the opportunity to show the best Cheick Kongo. And that’s it.”
Australia’s Graham picked up his first Bellator victory with a tournament qualifier victory over Eric Prindle at Bellator 104. With eight straight wins under his belt, Graham’s sights are set on capturing his first tournament crown and pulling off the upset over UFC veteran Kongo.
In addition, both the Bantamweight and Middleweight Tournament Finals are slated for the card.
First, Joe Warren returns to the Bellator cage to trade leather with Travis Marx the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Final.
Marx paved his road to the final by knocking out the formerly undefeated Brandon Bender. Warren earned his shot with a submission victory over Nick Kirk.
“The Baddest Man on the Planet is back,” Warren said. “I’m one win away from getting back to exactly where I want to be, fighting for that belt. This is what I work for, this is what I train for, and nothing is going to get in the way of that.”
The night will also feature Brennan Ward and Denmark’s own Mikkel Parlo in the Bellator Middleweight Tournament Final.
En route to the finale, Parlo earned two unanimous decisions in his favor. He saw his hand raised against Brian Rogers and Jason Butcher to advance in the tournament.
Ward on the other hand, finished both of his opponents in the opening and semifinal rounds to punch his ticket to the final. Ward doesn’t see his fight with Parlo ending any differently than the others.
“I am super amped up to fight Parlo in the finals,” Ward said. “I feel like there is no way he can beat me. I am always looking to finish and that is the only way to go. Go big or go home!”
Additionally, the event features packed preliminary card of local talent including Oklahoma’s Ryan McCurdy as he makes his Bellator debut against Mike Mucitelli. Fan favorite Cortez Coleman will also return to the Bellator cage in a battle against Jonas Billstein. All of the preliminary fights will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 6 p.m. CST.
The Winstar World Casino plays host to the Bellator Heavyweight, Bantamweight and Middleweight Tournament Finals. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Winstar World Casino Box Office. The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m ET/8 p.m. CT on Spike TV.
The full card is listed below.
Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final: Cheick Kongo (19-8) vs. Peter Graham (9-5)
Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Final: Travis Marx (21-4) vs. Joe Warren (9-3)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Final: Brennan Ward (8-1) vs. Mikkel Parlo (11-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Edson Berto (17-10) vs. Patricky Pitbull (11-4)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Martin Stapleton (12-1) vs. Derek Campos (11-3)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Jonas Billstein (11-3) vs. Cortez Coleman (9-4)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Matt Jones (4-5) vs. Linton Vassell (11-3)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ryan McCurdy (8-3) vs. Mike Mucitelli (6-0)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Raphael Butler (6-0) vs. Josh Burns (8-6)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Robert White (3-0) vs. Chris Jones (8-2)