The black belt in karate and kendo Cheick Kongo entered this fight with a record of 30-10-2 (60% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.12 heavyweight in the world. He lost to Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal in 2015 (Lawal vs Kongo) but then he has won eight bouts beating Timothy Johnson (in their first fight, Cheick Kongo vs Timothy Johnson I) and Vitaly Minakov in his last two (Vitaly Minakov vs Cheick Kongo 2) ; after this bout he has also faced Ryan Bader but it ended in a no-contest (Ryan Bader vs Cheick Kongo).
His opponent, Timothy Johnson, has a mma record of 14-6-0 (79% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.23 in the same weight class. In his last three fights he has lost to Vitaly Minakov (Vitaly Minakov vs Timothy Johnson) and he has won over Tyrell Fortune and Matt Mitrione (Matt Mitrione vs Timothy Johnson). Johnson vs Kongo 2 is on the undercard of Michael Page vs Ross Houston – Bellator 248. Watch the video and rate this fight!