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Cheick Kongo to return at UFC 87; to face newcomer Dan Evensen

l_6ced5d4061b39b092e3ef6b3c249da8c.jpg A heavyweight bout between French kickboxing sensation Cheick Kongo and Norwegian heavyweight Dan Evensen is expected to be officially added to the card for UFC 87 on August 9.

The Kongo vs. Evensen match revelation comes courtesy of Kongo’s official account on MySpace.

Kongo is 11-4-1 during his sixteen fight professional MMA career. His last fight was at UFC 82 on March 1, where he lost a split decision to Heath Herring. Prior to the loss against Herring, Kongo had recorded an upset victory over Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 75 last September.

Evensen is 10-2, according to Sherdog’s fight finder. His only two losses are to former UFC and PRIDE fighter Dan Bobish and current UFC heavyweight Christian Wellisch. The fight vs. Kongo will represent his UFC debut, as he has previously fought for the Gladiator Challenge, IFO, and BodogFIGHT promotions.

UFC 87 is set to emanate from the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. Matches between Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Coleman and Roger Huerta vs. Kenny Florian have already been officially announced.

  • Derek B. says:

    Can he go for his 5th consecutive decision win/loss? That’s the question I’m wanting to find out.

  • MMAFan says:

    What makes Kongo a kickboxing sensation? The fact that he can escape five knee strikes to the groin without a point deduction? (Watch the video of CroCop/Kongo and beneath the announcers’ commentary during both intermissions following the first and second rounds you’ll hear referee Big John warning Kongo to keep the knees up or he would deduct a point–a penalty that should have been but never was imposed.)

    What are we to make of this bout between Kongo and Evensen? That the UFC is in desperate need of building its HW division? That they want to avoid axing Kongo from their already depleted roster of heavyweights should he lose two consecutive fights? This one’s a snooze, IMO.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i hope kongo has learnt that a fighter with no ground skills should stay on his feet, cos his performance against herring was woeful, i still dont understand it

  • xx2000xx says:

    With the strong buy rate of the last Lesnar appearance I doubt they will throw in GSP/Fitch.

    I’m guessing that will headline 88.


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