Bellator announced today the signing of French heavyweight Cheick Kongo. He is scheduled to make his debut this September and will be featured in the Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament.


“After my contract was up in the UFC, I really wanted to take some time and reflect on everything,” Kongo said. “After talking to the people around me, especially someone like my longtime friend in Rampage, he told me how well Bellator has been treating him and what we can do with Bellator, and after getting to know Bjorn Rebney, it just seemed like the right fit for me. I know I have plenty of fight left in me, and my fight in October is the first step to getting that Bellator Heavyweight Title.”


Kongo leaves the UFC with a 4-2-1 record since 2009 and holds notable victories over “Cro Cop”, Pat Berry and Matt Mitrione during his time with the UFC. As one of the most imposing yet charismatic fighters in MMA, Kongo is well aware of what is expected of him inside the Bellator cage.


Additional details on the signing along with Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament pairings will be announced in the coming weeks.