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.