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Cheick Kongo

Born Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo
May 17, 1975 (1975-05-17) (age 34)
Paris, France
Nationality France French
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 239.0 lb (108.4 kg; 17.07 st)[1]
Reach 82.0 in (208 cm)
Style Muay Thai, Savate
Fighting out of Paris, France
Team Wolfslair MMA Academy
Trainer Anthony McGann
Rank      blue belt in BJJ
Years active 2000–present
Kickboxing record
Total 24
Wins 19
By knockout 17
Losses 5
MMA record
Total 21
Wins 14
By knockout 9
By submission 2
By decision 3
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 4
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo[2] (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.


Early life

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.[3]

Mixed martial arts career

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.


UFC Career

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.[4] Referee Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight after 4:37 of the first round.[4] In his next fight he then defeated Antoni Hardonk at UFC 97[5] 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.

Kongo is scheduled to face Paul Buentello on March 21, 2010 at UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones.[6]


  • 2005 King of Colosseum tournament champion
  • 2005 Rings World champion
  • 2004 King of the Ring Heavyweight champion
  • 2004 Muay Thai World champion
  • 2003 Intercontinental Muay Thai champion
  • 2002 Rings European champion
  • 2001 Rings European Vice champion
  • European Savate champion

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States Paul Buentello UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones 2010-03-21 United States Broomfield, Colorado, US
Loss 14–6–1 United States Frank Mir Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez 2009-12-12 1 1:12 United States Memphis, Tennessee, US
Loss 14–5–1 United States Cain Velasquez Decision (Unanimous) UFC 99: The Comeback 2009-06-13 3 5:00 Germany Cologne, Germany
Win 14–4–1 Netherlands Antoni Hardonk TKO (Punches) UFC 97: Redemption 2009-04-18 2 2:29 Canada Montreal, Quebec
Win 13–4–1 United Kingdom Mostapha Al Turk TKO (Elbows and Punches) UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 2008-12-27 1 4:37 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 12–4–1 Norway Dan Evensen TKO (Punches) UFC 87: Seek and Destroy 2008-08-09 1 4:55 United States Minneapolis, Minnesota
Loss 11–4–1 United States Heath Herring Decision (Split) UFC 82: Pride of a Champion 2008-03-01 3 5:00 United States Columbus, Ohio
Win 11–3–1 Croatia Mirko Filipović Decision (Unanimous) UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion 2007-09-08 3 5:00 England London, England
Win 10–3–1 Brazil Assuerio Silva Decision (Majority) UFC 70: Nations Collide 2007-04-21 3 5:00 England Manchester, England
Loss 9–3–1 United States Carmelo Marrero Decision (Split) UFC 64: Unstoppable 2006-10-14 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9–2–1 Hungary Christian Wellisch KO (Knee) UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral 2006-08-26 1 2:51 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8–2–1 United States Gilbert Aldana TKO (Doctor Stoppage) UFC 61: Bitter Rivals 2006-07-08 1 4:13 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7–2–1 Netherlands Dave Dalgliesh TKO RINGS Holland: Men of Honor 2005-12-11 2 N/A Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands
Win 6–2–1 Hungary Gabor Nemeth KO King of the Ring 2005-06-04 2 N/A Croatia Zagreb, Croatia
Loss 5–2–1 Netherlands Gilbert Yvel TKO (Punches) It's Showtime: Amsterdam Arena 2004-05-20 2 N/A Netherlands Amsterdam
Win 5–1–1 Netherlands Joop Kasteel KO (Punch) RINGS Holland: World's Greatest 2004-04-04 1 4:31 Netherlands Utrecht City, Utrecht
Win 4–1–1 Netherlands Dave Vader Decision (Unanimous) RINGS Holland: The Untouchables 2003-09-27 3 2:00 Netherlands Utrecht City, Utrecht
Win 3–1–1 Netherlands Hans Nijman Submission (Armbar) It's Showtime: Amsterdam Arena 2003-06-08 2 0:59 Netherlands Amsterdam, Holland
Draw 2–1–1 Netherlands Michael Knaap Draw It's Showtime: As Usual 2002-09-29 2 5:00 Netherlands Haarlem, Holland
Loss 2–1 Netherlands Rodney Faverus Decision (Unanimous) RINGS Holland: Saved by the Bell 2002-06-02 2 5:00 Netherlands Amsterdam, North Holland
Win 2–0 Netherlands Dave van der Veen TKO (Punches) RINGS Holland: Some Like It Hard 2001-12-02 2 1:25 Netherlands Utrecht City, Utrecht
Win 1–0 Netherlands Andre Tete Submission (Heel Hook) RINGS Holland: No Guts, No Glory 2001-06-10 1 3:20 Netherlands Amsterdam, North Holland

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