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Cheick Kongo, Stefan Struve shooting for fight in February

UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo’s name recently came up in connection with the decision to turn down a short notice match-up with Roy Nelson in December. While the move had some fans questioning his heart, Kongo quickly made it clear he simply wanted a full camp to prepare for his next opponent and certainly wasn’t afraid of a stiff test in the cage.

Further supporting his case, Kongo recently went on Twitter to challenge Stefan Struve to a scrap and “The Skyscraper” eagerly accepted his offer.

“It would be very exciting for the fans & a great challenge for both of us,” wrote Kongo to Struve, mentioning UFC 156 as a possible destination for the duel. “Let’s do it!”

“I’m in! Great fight for sure. Let’s see if they got a spot left for us then,” exclaimed Struve in response.

UFC 156 is scheduled for February 2 but already has a number of pairings seemingly set for PPV including Alistair Overeem-Antonio Silva, Rashad Evans-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Jon Fitch-Demian Maia, and Frankie Edgar-Jose Aldo. If the event does not work out for Kongo-Struve, another logical choice given each man’s European roots could be a yet-to-be-announced card linked to February 16 in London, England.

Kongo (18-7) is coming off a decision win over Shawn Jordan and has also beaten the likes of Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry, and Mirko Filipovic. Comparably, the 25-5 Struve has finished 23 of his foes and has emerged from the Octagon with his hand raised in a quartet of consecutive clashes.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t like him, but I’ll take Struve in this one, Kongo has a big hole in his game when it comes to ground game, unless he’s on top of you, and Struve is proving to be amazing on the ground. That’s of course if he can get it there without letting Kongo get in on him, like he has a habit of doing.

  • Sumoninja says:

    I really like Struve, but it’s maddening to watch him fight. I’m constantly screaming through the TV to use his reach and not let the other guy inside. I know it’s not necessarily a simple fix, but I can’t believe there isn’t someone in his camp screaming the same thing. Drives me nuts, and every fight I think, ok, this is the one where he stops doing that. So maybe this one with Kongo is it.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I do the same thing Sumoninja

  • Dufresne says:

    Hey Struve, this might be a good investment Trust me, you’ll thank me for that after Kongo “tries” to knee your thigh and somehow misses repeatedly.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Kongo is a tough veteran. This is a good match for Struve if he wants to move to next level of competition.


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