Bellator signs Cheick Kongo, who will compete in the season 9 heavyweight tournament

Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE

In a shocker, Bellator has signed another ex-UFC fighter to compete in one of their tournaments.

Unlike earlier this June, reports of Cheick Kongo (18-8-2) signing with Bellator are not only true but confirmed by Bellator themselves. Kongo, whose UFC tenure ended with a KO loss to Roy Nelson at UFC 159, will take part in the upcoming heavyweight tournament. Here's what Bjorn Rebney had to say about his newest signing:

"If you're an MMA fan, you're a Kongo fan," Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. "No matter who he fights he's always going to bring the fight and put on a great show, and he's one of the best guys you'll have the pleasure of dealing with in MMA. This is another example of our alliance with Wolfslair and Anthony McGann resulting in our signing an exciting, explosive fighter to our roster who fans know and love."

Kongo's UFC contract had expired and opted not to continue with the promotion. As is mentioned in the press release, Kongo is teammates with Quinton Jackson, who will be headlining Bellator's PPV debut this November against Tito Ortiz.

At the age of 38, Kongo is the 6th different ex-UFC fighter over the age of 35 to sign with Bellator. The other 5 are Rampage, Tito, Marcus Davis, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Houston Alexander.

Details of Kongo's next fight (as well as the heavyweight tournament pairings themselves) will be announced at a later date.

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