If you are an active MMA fan, or combat sports fan for that matter, I’m sure you’ve heard or said to yourself “Man he/she knocked out a ton of people.” Well that got me wondering… who has literally knocked out a ton of people by weight (2000 lbs.)?
Cheick “Kongo” Guillaume Ouedraogo 27-10-2 MMA
Born May 17, 1975 – Paris, France
Kongo has a vast amount of martial arts experience that he began accumulating at the age of five. As he grew older, he would as well grow in martial arts and just continued to add the next interest to his arsenal. By the age of nineteen he had already trained in: Kendo, Karate, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Greco-Roman wrestling and Pencak Silat.
Kongo began him MMA career in 2001 under the Rings Holland banner. There he won his first two bouts by stoppage. A first round heel hook over Andre Tete (June 2001) and a second round TKO over Dave van der Veen (Dec. 2001) before suffering his first loss to Rodney Glunder (June 2002) via unanimous decision. He would then compete twice for It’s Showtime, battling Michael Knapp (Sept. 2002) to a draw then securing a second round armbar over Hans Nijman (June 2003).
Kongo would then compete twice more for Rings Holland. Winning a decision over Dave Vader (Sept. 2003) and picking up another first round KO over Joop Kasteel (Apr. 2004). Then in his final bout of 2004, he would be stopped for the first time in his career. Suffering his second loss, this time via TKO, to MMA veteran and KO artist Gilbert Yvel in what would be his final bout for It’s Showtime in May 2004. He would then add two more stoppages to his record while getting back to back second round finishes. In his lone King of the Ring bout he would get the KO over Gabor Nemeth (June 2005). Then a TKO over Dave Dalgliesh (Dec. 2005) in his final bout before being signed by the UFC.
Now set for his promotional debut at UFC 61, Kongo had six stoppages in his seven victories entering the Octagon. His first test would come in 5-1 Gilbert Aldana who came in with five first round KO/TKO stoppages, three in under a minute. With forty-seven seconds left in the first round, Kongo would get a TKO via Dr. stoppage looking great in his UFC debut. He would follow that up with a first round KO over Christian Wellisch at UFC 62 the following month before dropping a split decision to Carmelo Marrero at UFC 64.
Kongo would then win back to back decisions over Assuerio Silva (UFC 70) and Mirko Filipovic (UFC 75) before dropping another decision to Heath Herring at UFC 82. He would rebound from his second UFC loss with three straight TKO stoppages over Dan Evensen (UFC 87 – 1st rnd.), Mostapha Al-Turk (UFC 92 – 1st rnd.) and Antoni Hardonk (UFC 97 – 2nd rnd.).
Unfortunately, after his short run, Kongo would suffer his first and only back to back losses of his career. The first coming at UFC 99 to future heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez via unanimous decision. Velasquez had finished all five of his opponents by TKO stoppage with only one making it out of the first round. The second, a first round submission via guillotine to former 2x heavyweight champ Frank Mir at UFC 107.
Three months later Kongo would jump right back in looking to redeem himself vs Paul Buentello at UFC on Versus 1. Kongo did just that with a third round submission via massive elbows to the body. He would then battle Travis Browne for three rounds to a unanimous draw at UFC 120 in October 2010.
His next challenge stood in hard-hitting Pat Barry in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 in June 2011. Barry dropped Kongo multiple times in the first round and was just abusing him. It looked as if the bout could have been stopped a couple of times. However as Barry was coming in with his hands down Kongo caught him and put him out cold. The Consol Energy Center erupted in roars as Barry lay stiff on the canvas. This bout had to be one of the greatest comebacks, not just for Kongo but of all time.
Kongo would finish 2011 by handing Matt Mitrione his first pro loss via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC 137. Then Kongo would suffer his second TKO loss of his career when he faced Mark Hunt at UFC 144 to kick off 2012. After Antonio Nogueira had to pull out of UFC 149 due to injury, Kongo faced Shawn Jordan. After three rounds Kongo took the unanimous decision victory. In Kongo’s final UFC bout, he would unfortunately lose via first round KO at just over two minutes to Roy Nelson at UFC 159 in April 2013.
In 2013 Kongo would sign with Bellator and compete in both October and November. Headlining both events, Kongo would defeat Mark Godbeer (2nd rnd. TKO) at Bellator 102 and Peter Graham (unanimous decision) at Bellator 107. Now Kongo would earn a shot at Vitaly Minakov’s Bellator heavyweight title at Bellator 115 in his third headlining bout for the promotion. After five full round of competition, Minakov would retain his title with a unanimous decision victory.
Kongo would then bounce back with two stoppages to end his year. He would get a second round TKO over Eric Smith at Bellator 120 and stop Lavar Johnson with a first round rear-naked-choke at Bellator 123. He would then earn a co-main event spot vs Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 134 in February 2015, which he would drop via split decision.
Now riding the longest streak of his career, Kongo has won his last five Bellator bouts via decision. Alexander Volkov (Bellator 139), Vinicius Queiroz (Bellator 150), Tony Johnson Jr. (Bellator 161), Oli Thompson (Bellator 172) and most recently Augusto Sakai (Bellator 179).
Kongo has now been announced as an alternate in the 2018 Bellator heavyweight tournament to crown a new champion.
In Kongo’s 39 fight career he has KO/TKO’d 12 of his opponents totaling a whopping 2,895.4 lbs. of men.
In order from most recent:
Erick Smith Bellator 120 2nd rnd. TKO @ 4:35 253.8 lbs.
Mark Godbeer Bellator 102 2nd rnd. TKO @ 2:04 239.6 lbs.
Pat Barry UFC on Versus 4 1st rnd. KO @ 2:39 243 lbs.
Antoni Hardonk UFC 97 2nd rnd. TKO @ 2:29 249 lbs.
Mostapha Al-Turk UFC 92 1st rnd. TKO @ 4:37 237 lbs.
Dan Evensen UFC 87 1st rnd. TKO @ 4:55 244 lbs.
Christian Wellisch UFC 62 1st rnd. KO @ 2:51 231 lbs.
Gilbert Aldana UFC 61 1st rnd. TKO @ 4:13 251 lbs.
Dave Dalgliesh Rings Holland 2nd rnd. TKO @ ? 207 lbs.
Gabor Nemeth KOTR 2nd rnd. KO @ ? 243 lbs.
Joop Kasteel Rings Holland 1st rnd. KO @ 4:31 264 lbs.
Dave van der Veen Rings Holland 2nd rnd. TKO @ 1:25 233 lbs.
Which is your favorite Kongo KO?
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