Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo has officially signed with Bellator MMA.
Kongo will debut later this fall in the heavyweight tournament. The promotion announced the signing on Wednesday.
In signing with Bellator, Kongo joins up with Wolfslair teammate Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will make his debut in November vs. Tito Ortiz – another ex-UFC fighter.
“After my contract was up in the UFC, I really wanted to take some time and reflect on everything,” Kongo said. “After talking to the people around me, especially someone like my longtime friend in Rampage, he told me how well Bellator has been treating him and what we can do with Bellator, and after getting to know Bjorn Rebney, it just seemed like the right fit for me. I know I have plenty of fight left in me, and my fight in October is the first step to getting that Bellator heavyweight title.”
Kongo won four of his seven UFC fights, including victories over Mirko CroCop and Pat Barry.