Kongo is Climbing

Written by Tom Ngo
May 15th, 2009

Cheick Kongo has recently been spending countless hours in the gym to perfect his overall MMA game, and it appears to be paying off. Kongo’s TKO over Antoni Hardonk at UFC 97 was his third in as many fights.

The heavyweight division should be the crown jewel for any combat sport organization, but the UFC has hit a bit of a dry patch as most of the world’s top HW’s reside in other organizations.

You certainly can’t blame this Frenchy for not pulling his weight, as he has looked explosive and dangerous in his last few appearances.

Don’t worry Kongo, there is a certain someone that is definitely paying attention.

“Yeah I think he is (a top contender),” UFC president Dana White said. “I think Cheick Kongo’s win [over Hardonk], you know, he’s in the mix. Getting the next title shot, I can’t answer that question right now. But there’s no doubt he’s in the mix.”

What might be preventing Kongo from reaching the division’s upper echelon is the fact he remains untested against the division’s top talent.

Sure a win over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic is nice to have on your resume, but it would have been even more impressive if Cro Cop didn’t turn into a shell of his former self once he stepped foot inside the Octagon. Posting wins over Dan Evensen, Mustapha al Turk and now Hardonk, isn’t going to put you on the fast track to a 5Round affair.

The good news is Kongo is at least on the radar now, but it will be interesting to see how he continues to develop and perform against the division’s other up-and-comers in Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin.

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