This is the fight that will showcase the return of Cheick Kongo to the sport of MMA, after his UFC days, the Bellator promotion came along and offered him a chance to fight again, he has now gotten a chance to fight for the heavyweight title. That will be anything but easy seeing how the current champion Vitaly Minakov is known as being one of the most brutal fighters the promotion has right now.
Minakov is originally out of Russia, some fans think that is what makes him so fearless in the cage. Vitaly is 13-0 with 10 of those fights ending inside the distance with a knockout. This is a fighter that many seem to underestimate and that if you want to get into the cage with him you had better be sure that you can take a punch.. Something that Kongo has proven he does not have. For this fight Vitaly Minakov will be more of a counter striker because of the shire height difference between them.
Cheick Kongo has really seen his life turn upside down after losing his UFC contract he is know in a time to re-focus himself in the way he wants. Kongo was excited to get back in the cage and for a title, this should make him work harder on his jaw strength. Cheick has the experience with 20 wins and only 8 losses he has fought some of the biggest names in the sport. Look for Kongo to charge out of this one trying to take this fight to the ground and apply the pressure with elbows on this much smaller opponents.
Pick: I have to admit as great as Kongo is and after really watching him over the last few years he is a warrior, but I have the Russian Minakov taking this fight and remaining undefeated in Bellator.