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Cheick Kongo still seeking future scrap with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Cheick Kongo understandably caught a lot of the fans’ frustration regarding UFC 149 based on his lack of overall activity and aggression in a decision win over Shawn Jordan. Now, with the ugly, yet much-needed, victory in his rear-view mirror Kongo is already looking forward to the future.

Kongo was originally expected to face Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at the Calgary-based card but ended up with Jordan after Nogueira pulled out because an injured arm had not healed properly. With a strong 4-1-1 record in his last six fights, Kongo remains hopeful for a future meeting with the former interim UFC heavyweight champion.

“I wish he could be my next opponent,” said Kongo in a recent interview with “‘Minotauro; is a legend. I wish him a good and fast recovery. I can’t wait to fight against him.”

The powerful Frenchman is 18-7-2 with 11 knockout victories in his career. He has competed in the UFC since 2006 and picked up wins inside the Octagon against the likes of Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry, and Mirko Filipovic.

Nogueira has since come forward to say he too would be open to the match-up and is waiting for the UFC to call him with the proposed pairing.


  • Creature says:

    Would love to see this fight, both guys have pretty good stand up and while Big Nog easily has the advantage on the ground Kongo has developed some very solid TDD over the years. Hopefully they both come back healthy and as close to 100% as possible.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I’d be down to see this fight. Nog will definitely need a tune-up when he runs — sadly, if he returns. I think this would be a competitive fight.

    Nog’s grappling would force Kongo to actually use his striking, so I doubt we’d have to worry about another Ultimate Clinching Championship bout.

    Two years ago, I’d say Big Nog wins this handily. Now, I am not so sure; Kongo isn’t getting any younger but the trauma Bog Nog has absorbed throughout his career is equal to several life-times.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’d like to see this fight, I can’t help but like Kongo and wanting him to do well, when he probably wont, and I’ve always liked Big Nog. I’m always surprised when they say how old Big Nog is, because he looks 70.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    *OFF TOPIC* I think Brendhan is expecting lots of hate on the Jones Nike topic..comments are closed

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