|Born||Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo
May 17, 1975
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||239.0 lb (108.4 kg; 17.07 st)|
|Reach||82.0 in (208 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Savate|
|Fighting out of||Paris, France|
|Team||Wolfslair MMA Academy
|Rank||BJJblue belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo (born May 17, 1975) is a professional French heavyweight mixed martial artist and kickboxer currently fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently trains with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Michael Bisping at the Wolfslair MMA Academy.
Born to a Burkinabe mother and a Congolese father, Kongo began training in martial arts when he was 5 years old, learning Kendo and Karate. As he grew older, he began to expand his repertoire and trained in Muay Thai, kickboxing and Greco-Roman wrestling. At age 19, he learned of Pencak Silat, an Indonesian martial art, and was coached by Charles Joussot and Franck Roppers.
On June 10, 2001, Kongo began his professional career by knocking out Doog Ward. Kongo then followed up that win with a TKO over Dave van der Veen. He then lost his first professional MMA fight to Rodney Faverus by decision. He also tapped from strikes in the second round of a bout with Gilbert Yvel, but managed a ledger of 7-2-1 before signing with the UFC.
Kongo entered the UFC to fight Gilbert Aldana at UFC 61, whom he beat by TKO due to a doctor stoppage. Kongo followed up with a win over UFC newcomer Christian Wellisch by KO due to a knee strike, before losing to UFC newcomer Carmelo Marrero at UFC 64. Then, Kongo defeated Assuerio Silva by majority decision at UFC 70. At UFC 75 on September 8, 2007, he defeated Mirko Filipović by unanimous decision. He fought against Heath Herring at UFC 82, losing by split decision. At UFC 87 he fought against UFC newcomer Dan "The Viking" Evensen, whom he defeated by first-round TKO.
Kongo fought at UFC 92 on December 27, 2008 where he beat former Cage Rage British Heavyweight champion Mustapha Al Turk by TKO. Kongo dropped Al Turk with two right hands. Kongo pounced on Al Turk with elbows and punches, opening up a big cut above the eye. Referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight after 4:37 of the first round. In his next fight he then defeated Antoni Hardonk at UFC 97 by second-round TKO.
Kongo replaced Heath Herring at UFC 99 to face the up and coming Cain Velasquez in the co-main event. It had been reported that if he was to defeat Velasquez, Kongo would earn a title shot in July against the winner of the UFC 100 Heavyweight Championship between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. This was not to be, as Kongo lost to Velasquez by unanimous decision.
Kongo lost to Frank Mir at UFC 107. After being dropped by an overhand left, Kongo tried to scramble but Mir sunk in a guillotine choke, forcing Kongo to pass out.
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||14 wins||6 losses|
|Paul Buentello||UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones||2010-03-21||Broomfield, Colorado, US|
|Loss||14–6–1||Frank Mir||Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez||2009-12-12||1||1:12||Memphis, Tennessee, US|
|Loss||14–5–1||Cain Velasquez||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 99: The Comeback||2009-06-13||3||5:00||Cologne, Germany|
|Win||14–4–1||Antoni Hardonk||TKO (Punches)||UFC 97: Redemption||2009-04-18||2||2:29||Montreal, Quebec|
|Win||13–4–1||Mostapha Al Turk||TKO (Elbows and Punches)||UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008||2008-12-27||1||4:37||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||12–4–1||Dan Evensen||TKO (Punches)||UFC 87: Seek and Destroy||2008-08-09||1||4:55||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Loss||11–4–1||Heath Herring||Decision (Split)||UFC 82: Pride of a Champion||2008-03-01||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio|
|Win||11–3–1||Mirko Filipović||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion||2007-09-08||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||10–3–1||Assuerio Silva||Decision (Majority)||UFC 70: Nations Collide||2007-04-21||3||5:00||Manchester, England|
|Loss||9–3–1||Carmelo Marrero||Decision (Split)||UFC 64: Unstoppable||2006-10-14||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||9–2–1||Christian Wellisch||KO (Knee)||UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral||2006-08-26||1||2:51||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||8–2–1||Gilbert Aldana||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||UFC 61: Bitter Rivals||2006-07-08||1||4:13||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||7–2–1||Dave Dalgliesh||TKO||RINGS Holland: Men of Honor||2005-12-11||2||N/A||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Win||6–2–1||Gabor Nemeth||KO||King of the Ring||2005-06-04||2||N/A||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Loss||5–2–1||Gilbert Yvel||TKO (Punches)||It's Showtime: Amsterdam Arena||2004-05-20||2||N/A||Amsterdam|
|Win||5–1–1||Joop Kasteel||KO (Punch)||RINGS Holland: World's Greatest||2004-04-04||1||4:31||Utrecht City, Utrecht|
|Win||4–1–1||Dave Vader||Decision (Unanimous)||RINGS Holland: The Untouchables||2003-09-27||3||2:00||Utrecht City, Utrecht|
|Win||3–1–1||Hans Nijman||Submission (Armbar)||It's Showtime: Amsterdam Arena||2003-06-08||2||0:59||Amsterdam, Holland|
|Draw||2–1–1||Michael Knaap||Draw||It's Showtime: As Usual||2002-09-29||2||5:00||Haarlem, Holland|
|Loss||2–1||Rodney Faverus||Decision (Unanimous)||RINGS Holland: Saved by the Bell||2002-06-02||2||5:00||Amsterdam, North Holland|
|Win||2–0||Dave van der Veen||TKO (Punches)||RINGS Holland: Some Like It Hard||2001-12-02||2||1:25||Utrecht City, Utrecht|
|Win||1–0||Andre Tete||Submission (Heel Hook)||RINGS Holland: No Guts, No Glory||2001-06-10||1||3:20||Amsterdam, North Holland|