Cheick Kongo Interview

One thing that can be said for heavyweight Cheick Kongo – whether he is on his “A” game or having one of his off-nights, he puts excitement into his fights every time out.  Be that as it may, Kongo has been speculated to be in line for a bout with Brock Lesnar – no small task in and of itself.  In an interview with MMA Rated’s Jeffrey Lee, Kongo talks about his most recent bout with Dan Evensen, why he thinks he should get a title shot, a possible showdown with Lesnar and much more.  Below are some excerpts from the interview:

Jeffrey Lee: Congratulations on your victory at UFC 87. Did that fight go exactly as planned for you?

Cheick Kongo: I did not know anything about my opponent before the fight except the fact that he was a good striker. My game plan was simple: To win. Stand up, seek and destroy [laughs]. All I wanted was to knock him out as far as I could. It was always on my mind and that’s what I did.

JL: For a while, the knock on you was that your ground skills were not up to par with your striking skills. However, in your last two fights, you’ve shown a willingness to go to the ground. Do you officially feel more comfortable there?

CK: You know, I was a wrestler before I became a Thai boxer. I began practicing Greco-Roman wrestling, then kickboxing and Muay-Thai. I try to improve everything: I train sparring, grappling, wrestling just like I train standup every day. I think my ground game is underrated, I’m pretty much well-rounded on the ground even if some of my critics says that I haven’t any [laughs]!

JL: How glad were you that the UFC chose to air your fight on pay-per-view?

CK: I didn’t know it. This is a good thing for all my family, friends and fans. I hope they enjoyed watching me fighting. All I’ve done, I’ve done it for them.

JL: What do you think you proved in the minds of MMA fans with this win?

CK: That I am a good fighter and I deserve to get a title shot. Nobody really knows all the sacrifices I did to be here and earn a chance to get a better life. You can have your favorite fighters, but please respect us. We are not “pieces of shit.” We’re not only fighters, we’re also humans.

JL: Do you truly think you deserve a title shot so soon?

CK: This was my seventh UFC fight. I have never been completely dominated by an opponent in a UFC fight, even in my 2 losses which were by split decision. I won five fights among which three were by KO/ TKO. So, I’m asking: How many fights do I have to win to definitely give me the credibility to get a title shot?

For the rest of this interview, click here.

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