On Friday, it was announced former UFC veteran Cheick Kongo (pictured) will challenge undefeated Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov for his crown at Bellator 115.
The April 4 event takes place inside Nevada’s Reno Events Center.
Minakov owns a perfect 13-0 professional record, with his last seven wins coming via some form of knockout. The 28-year-old captured the belt by beating Alexander Volkov in November.
“I am now the Bellator Heavyweight World Champion, and that isn’t going to change,” Minakov said. “It doesn’t matter who is in my way, they are getting finished. Kongo has been around for a long time and is a great challenger, but the belt is staying with me. I’m not giving my belt to anybody. This is my belt.”
Kongo earned his crack at the crown by winning Bellator’s Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament. He posted a unanimous decision victory over Peter Graham in November to secure his spot.
“Being a Champion is something I’ve wanted for a while,” Kongo said. “It’s not about having it now, or fighting for right now. It’s about when I’m old and retired from the sport, I can always look at that belt on my wall, and know that is why I put in all the hours and made the sacrifices I did. It means a lot to me, and it’s something I want to collect on April 4th.”
No other bouts have been confirmed for the lineup.
Spike TV will broadcast the main card at 9PM ET/PT.