Title for one? Cheick please!
Story by Victor Perea
Photo by Chris Cozzone
During the last decade The Ultimate Fighting Championship has skyrocketed as the premier organization in the sport of mixed martial arts, not arguably. Fighting under the banner of this crème of the crop brand are some of the worlds most talented mixed martial artist. At first glance several of these athletes would strike you as everything other that a professional fighter. Some fighters like Kenny Florian, Luke Cummo and Dustin Hazelett look like Geek Squad employees maybe Starbucks at best. While all three of them could easily knock or choke you out, none will freak you out.
On the opposite end would be UFC Heavyweight Cheick Kongo. The Parisian not only looks like a man who earns his living fighting in a cage, he clearly appears like the perfect typecast to play Death himself on the big screen.
The two-hundred and forty pound son of a Congolese mother stands at a well proportioned 6’4. A very chiseled heavyweight, Kongo (13-4-1) is better described as a specimen than a person. The specimen disagrees, “People think I am not nice and don’t say hi sometimes but I am very friendly guy,” said Kongo.
Since entering the UFC Kongo has gone 6-2; while both losses come by way of split decisions four of his six victories were decisive stoppages including an impressive showing in his latest outing against Mustapha al Turk at UFC 92 in December.
For the first round destruction the 33-year old Kongo gives much credit to his training partners at Wolfslair in Widnes, England where he has been training since last year along with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Fully credentialed as a top contender Kongo now looks for that breakthrough victory that will take him out of the queue and into the octagon for the UFC Heavyweight Title.
Kongo will have the perfect opportunity to do so when he faces Antoni Hardonk (8-4) at UFC 97 in Montreal, Canada.
“Antoni Hardonk is a top fighter he is here in the UFC to win and I know he will be a hard fight,” said Kongo. “I know he will fight to win like I will and it will be a very good fight.”
“I had good training nothing I did not do everything is good,” added Kongo. Although focused on his fight against Hardonk on April 18th Kongo has big plans for 2009.
“I hope to put a good fight and get a big win. I want to be the champion this year I want to win for my fans.”