Cheick Kongo Confirms UFC 144 Fight with Mark Hunt

Written by Tom Ngo
November 26th, 2011

UFC Heavyweight Cheick Kongo

The NBA aren’t the only ones making announcements this Saturday morning. Heavyweight Cheick Kongo (Picture) confirmed he will in fact face veteran Mark Hunt when the UFC returns to Japan.

“Yes It’s official now, I’m gonna fight Mark Hunt at @ufc 144 in Japan,” Kongo tweeted. “This will be my first time in Japan so Im very excited and proud to be a part of it, especially now that my bro @Rampage4real is going to fight there too ! Have a nice weekend, y’all!”

Kongo will be riding a three-fight winning streak into the 265-pound affair (He also had a draw against Travis Brown during his current run). Kongo was last seen posting a convincing unanimous decision victory over Matt Mitrione at UFC 137.

After dropping six straight scraps, Hunt has managed to win his last two bouts inside the Octagon. Ten of his professional fights have taken place in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan will host the February 26th event. A lightweight title scrap between champion Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson is scheduled to headline UFC 144.

No word from the UFC on how the show will be made available for viewing.

Here is the card’s current roster:

Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso

Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski

Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch

Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt

Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader

Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)

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