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Cheick Kongo to Bobby Lashley: “When you see me, I will f*** you up.”

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Cheick Kongo’s Bellator 161 Main Event win over Tony Johnson was generally understood, by all accounts, to be a title eliminator for the vacant Bellator Heavyweight Championship. The majority decision victory (28-28, 29-28, 29-28) all but guaranteed the Frenchman a position in the next Bellator Heavyweight Title match. Who will stand across the cage from him when the time comes to crown a new Champion remains to be seen.

The Bellator Heavyweight division suffers from the same lack of depth found in the UFC and virtually every other Mixed Martial Arts promotion, especially in the United States. Inactivity and inconsistency among the division have only made matters worse but there is at least one recent UFC defector who has joined Kongo in the ranks of Bellator’s biggest fighters.

Matt “Meathead” Mitrione suffered his first ever professional loss to Kongo, so there’s certainly a case to be made for Mitrione if he does his due diligence and begins to campaign for a match against Kongo for the world title. His 2 consecutive wins via KO/TKO since joining Bellator certainly do not hurt his case for a rematch with Kongo either.

Cheick Kongo caught up with MMA Latest at the post-fight media scrum that immediately followed Bellator 161 and the candid video can be seen here.

Kongo was in rare form just moments after winning his fight and did not mince words when laying down the gauntlet for the rest of the division as he and MMA Latest speculated on his potential next opponent.

“Hopefully, I will fight Bobby Lashley. He used to say ‘I want to fight for the title’ so yes, you want to fight for the title, just come here. I’m here. I’m ready for you. It will be good to smack your face, you know if I have to talk to the guys from the WWE. Let’s do it.”

Lashley makes perhaps the best candidate to fight for the title with a 7-fight win streak, including 4 consecutive stoppages in Bellator. The only conflict of interest in a pairing with Kongo is Lashley’s October 21st booking against Josh Appelt.

But that did not deter Kongo when he told MMA Latest, “He’s gotta (sic) leave his steroids in the drawer (at home) and come fight as a man. Leave your bullshit potion on the side and just fight like a man.”

Other than Mitrione and Lashley, few contenders come to mind, yet Kongo warned that if anyone on the roster should resort to trolling him on Twitter it is more likely to result in a street fight than a sanctioned bout.

“You want to fight against me? I’m here. Don’t try to tweet, ‘let’s do this, let’s do that’, …like a child. I am a man, if I have to, I will fuck you up right now. Don’t do the talking on Twitter because I hate that. If you want to do that to me, when you see me, I will fuck you up.”


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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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