Cheick Kongo Replacing Heath Herring at UFC 99, a Good Thing For Kongo?

tyler griggsContributor IMay 21, 2009

LONDON - JANUARY 17:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) UFC president Dana White attends the 'Octagon' private view at Hamilton's Gallery January 17, 2007 in London, England.  The exhibition showcases work by photographer Kevin Lynch documenting the world of Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC) events.  (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

The UFC has made it official that Cheick Kongo will replace Heath Herring at UFC 99 in the co-main event against Cain Velasquez.

The question is: Is this a good thing for Kongo?

Herring was not injured but has been sick the past few weeks, keeping him from training. Herring was scheduled to return to the octagon for the first time since his decision loss to the current Heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar. Herring was supposed to fight 5-0 Cain Velasquez.

Kongo is coming off of a TKO victory of Antonio Hardonk at UFC 97. A UFC 99 win, against this promising up and comer, will definitely put Kongo in the title shot picture.

But the same question remains.

This will be the second time Kongo has fought in two months, which is not always the safest route to take in my opinion. I believe with any situation, you should have plenty of time to study your opponent's style, train, and prepare mentally for a fight.

Kongo's last few performances have been awesome. In this fight, Kongo is going up against another great athlete, that myself have not personally seen, that I'm aware of. But is, as I said, 5-0 in his MMA career so far.

Velasquez has won all of his fights in the octagon via TKO. So this should be an interesting fight to see where these fighters want to go.

It has not yet been released if the fight will still be the co-main event of the card, so that also will be interesting to see what they can come up with to replace, which I honestly don't see a need to.

Kongo would be a very good match up for either Frank Mir or Lesnar. I would love to see either of those fights.

I guess the main point of the article is to see if it is such a great idea to fight so soon. If you weigh the options such as take a chance of going into a fight uneducated of your opponent vs the chance to show you are champion material?

I say go for it, just be careful Kongo. I love to see you fight but go in prepared.

In my last words I say that, we really don't know what's going through these fighters head when they make these kinds of decisions. We can only give our opinion on the situation.

So good luck to Kongo in his quest for the gold, luck to Velasquez to show what he's made of, and my best wishes to Herring in his quest back to the octagon.