Bellator has booked a fifth scrap for the main card of its inaugural pay-per-view event on November 2nd, as UFC vet Cheick Kongo will battle Vinicius “Spartan” Queiroz. The bout, which could be a short and violent one, will determine the winner of Bellator’s Season Nine heavyweight tournament.
Kongo (19-8-2) made his Bellator debut earlier this month on October 4th, and took out Mark Godbeer with a brutal flurry of knees and punches in their heavyweight semifinal. The victory returned the 38 year-old to the winner’s column, as Kongo was stopped by Roy Nelson in his last outing, which took place at UFC 159 in April. The heavyweight is 3-2 in his last 5 bouts.
“I want to fight the best in Bellator so I can be the best,” Kongo relayed in a press release from the promotion. “When I try to do things as a competitor, I want to be the best. I messed up before because I wasn’t focused like I’ve been from the beginning. But, now … I will be the best. It’s my time. I came to Bellator for the opportunity to show the best Cheick Kongo. And that’s it.”
“Spartan” (7-3) will be hunting for his second consecutive victory over a UFC vet, as at Bellator 102 he floored Lavar Johnson in just 23 seconds to advance to the finals. The 30 year-old, 6’7 tall heavyweight hadn’t fought since last November, when he was stopped by reigning Bellator champ Alexander Volkov in the opening round. Queiroz is also 3-2 in his previous 5 fights.
“Winning a Bellator tournament today is very difficult and actually achieving victory has tremendous value,” “Spartan” said. “I prefer it to be difficult and I know Cheick is going to be very tough–that is a motivating factor for me and my team.”
So, that’s a solid addition to the November 2nd PPV, and while there are several intriguing fights scheduled for the card, it remains to be seen how many MMA fans will buy it.
Here is the complete line-up for the event, which will be hosted by the Long Beach Convention Center.
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Rampage Jackson (32-11) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-0) vs. Eddie Alvarez (24-3)
Light Heavyweight Interim Title Fight: King Mo Lawal (11-2) vs. Emanuel Newton (21-7-1)
Featherweight Title Fight: Pat Curran (19-4) vs. Daniel Straus (21-4)
Heavyweight Tournament Finals: Cheick Kongo (19-8) vs. Vinicius Spartan (7-3)
Spike TV Preliminary Fights
Fight Master Welterweight Finals: Joe Riggs (39-14) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (15-5)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Terry Etim (15-5) vs. Patrick Cenoble (9-2)
Spike.com Preliminary Fights
Welterweight Feature Fight: Joe Williams (10-3) vs. Jesse Juarez (20-8)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Brandon Halsey (4-0) vs. Hector Ramirez (9-5-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Guymon (14-6-1) vs. Aaron Miller (14-8)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Camacho (13-18-3) vs. Cleber Luciano (8-5)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Darren Smith (4-3) vs. Josh Smith (8-5)