Bjorn Rebney denies rumors of Cheick Kongo signing

Ethan Miller

Following reports that Cheick Kongo had inked a deal with Bellator, Bjorn Rebney has come forward to say that the promotion does not currently have a deal with the fighter.

Rumors spread fast in MMA, and occasionally they outpace fighters, promotions, and even contracts. I've been hearing for weeks now that Cheick Kongo was on his way to Bellator. Given the announcement from another, independent, source yesterday it appeared to be a safe assumption that this was indeed the case.

"Not so," says Bjorn Rebney, who recently talked to MMA Fighting about the report.

"He has not [signed]," said Rebney. "Great fighter, fun personality, very good fighter to watch, I've been watching him fight for years, but he has not signed with Bellator."

However, Rebney did go on to say that in developing a working relationship with Rampage he's gotten to know the Wolfslair camp a bit better, and that fans should expect a few new signings from the British-based fight gym in the coming weeks.

"Part of the magic of this relationship is I got to spend literally months working with the team at Wolfslair," Rebney said. "They've got a terrific stable of talent. You're going to see some announcements coming out literally in the next couple weeks about more Wolfslair talent that's going to be coming in with Bellator."

Whether this means that a deal with Kongo is in the works or not, I don't know, but for now the former UFC heavyweight remains a free agent. We'll be sure to keep you posted as the story unfolds, so stay tuned.

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