After he defeated Mark Goodbear in the semi-finals of the Bellator Season Nine Heavyweight tournament, French fighter Cheick Kongo made the first transition from being a UFC veteran to a Bellator star.
Now he finds himself facing Peter “The Chief” Graham in the finals of the tournament at Bellator 107, Nov. 8. Graham is replacing Kongo’s original opponent, Vinicius Queiroz, who had to pull out of the fight due to injury.
If Kongo wins this fight, not only will he get a shot at the Bellator Heavyweight championship, but also he will become the first former UFC fighter to win a Bellator tournament.
Still, beating Graham will be no easy task for the Frenchman. The Chief is currently on a nine-fight winning streak, with eight of his last nine fights ending by knockout.
I think this is going to be a close fight, especially in the stand up. Both Kongo and Graham had a lot of success in kickboxing, both of them winning several championships.
Normally I would say the short amount of time between fights could be difficult for the both of men since they have only had one fight in Bellator cage; however both Kongo and Graham have gone through the lack of extra time before fights, especially in their kickboxing days when they would compete up to five bouts in one-night.
Many UFC fighters who have come into Bellator have not had a lot of success, beyond winning the first and second fight. Still, Kongo has a chance to break that trend and shed the identity of being known as an octagon and transform into a Bellator champion.
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