While most of the spotlight on Bellator 179 was on Rory MacDonald submitting Paul Daley in his first foray in the promotion’s cage – and the confrontation between “Semtex” and Michael Page afterwards – the event featured Cheick Kongo picking up another Bellator win.
Kongo, who recently celebrated his 42nd birthday, earned a split-decision against Augusto Sakai, who suffered his first pro career loss in the process. The fighting Frenchman defeated the prospect in what many folks considered an uneventful, tentative bout. Still, a win’s a win.
Nevertheless, Kongo improved to 9-2 in the Bellator cage – the best promotional record of any heavyweight currently on the roster. He came to Bellator in 2013, fresh off his UFC run. While he was billed as an octagon veteran at Kongo has won a heavyweight tournament and challenged for the belt, becoming one of the promotion’s stalwarts in the big man’s weight class.
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