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Kongo fighting for the vacant HW title?

Lots of people say ignorance is bliss … unless you’re a mixed martial artist. Then ignorance gets your ass kicked. There’s no better example of this than Cheick Kongo, who somehow thinks he’s got a decent ground game:

IWF: People have said that your ground game needs work. How are you working to improve it?
Kongo: I got nothing to prove. All those who know me know I’m a great wrestler. I’m not BJJ but I’m great.

IWF: Do you think that the people who criticize you like this are justified?
Kongo: Nobody knows me like my training partners and my coach, so shut up! Hahaha!

Yes, Kongo: Hahaha indeed! Hahaha as any fighter with a decent ground game takes you down and twists you into a pretzel! Hahaha losing is funny! Hahaha your training partners and coaches are lying to you if they say you’ve got a good ground game. Hahaha!

Also tucked into this interview: the hint that it might be Kongo facing Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the vacant HW belt, not Tim Sylvia:

IWF: Can you confirm the rumored fight between you and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira?
Kongo: I will confirm this when I got the contract signed-lol-be patient.

Plus ten points for the ‘LOL’, man. I like Kongo, and when I heard he was training at Big Bear with Quinton Jackson a while back, I took heart in the idea that the dude was at least getting a good ground defense on. But I haven’t seen much to say he’s anywhere near ready to hang with anyone born in South America, let alone Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

  • Asa

    Dear Cheick Kongo,
    If you think of MMA as paper-rock-Scissors, and compare your skills, it goes like this: your only advantage = kicks, because kick beats punch. His advantage is jiu-jitsu, and jijiitsu beats kick.

    Any questions?

  • godzillad

    ”jijiitsu beats kick”

    LOLZ Tell Ralph Gracie that.

  • Asa

    Word. That’s totally theoretical. I was having a weekend smoke at the time.

    Additionally, Nog didn’t even look that effective against Heath. Heath. Kongo might put him away.

  • Mr.ThePlague

    I’d much rather see Kongo put Sylvia away with a crushing knee to his flabby midsection. Anyway, Nogueira looks like he has aids and leprocy mixed together in a Magic Bulletâ„¢.

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    Kongo wasn’t totally helpless on the ground in his most recent fight.

    If he IS that one-dimensional, then at least we’ll have a new champ soon.

  • Leland Roling

    Yeah, because the last time somebody said their ground game was good was when Alexander was touting it before he took on Thiago Silva. What happened? He got owned.

    When CroCop, a man with virtually no reason to take you down other than getting kneed in the ribs constantly, is able to put you to the floor, and then actually land some nice blows, your ground game isn’t proven. Kongo, who you crappin?

  • Xavier

    I would like it if Kongo became UFC heavyweight champion, as then I could rightfully feel that despite being horribly out of shape and with no MMA training whatsoever… that I would have at least a shot at beating the UFC heavyweight champion ‘cuz despite all of the things against me… my ground game is still definitely better than Cheick Kongo.

  • matt(tapout name shitstain)

    Cheick Kong needs to either A. Work on his ground game B. Stop fighting and start auditoning for Amistad II.

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    Amistad 2: The Revenge, Returns, Extreme, The Movie.

  • http://BloodyElbow Mike Rome

    I used to hate this guy, but his insistence on laughing at every serious question has made me turn the corner. For example, when he was asked about the Cro Cop fight, we got this gem: “Hahaha, I cannot lose, hahaha.” This man could be the greatest champion in history.

  • RL Dookiefuck

    He hung with Assuerio. And by that I mean Assuerio’s fat ass ate a few punches in the clinch before taking him down at will and then didn’t do a damn thing in one of the worst UFC fights I’ve ever seen.

  • stellar53

    Who is Cheeky Kongo?