If you look up and down the UFC roster, Cheick Kongo is probably one of the more respectful guys you'll find on that list. With a French accent, he'll share his thoughts on fights, both past and present, and do so with an eloquent delivery that strays away from berating his opponent. He's not exactly the type to start labeling opponents.
This is why his comment from Saturday night stuck out so much.
When talking about his 2009 fight with current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Kongo described the champ as arrogant. And despite Dana White recently saying the Overeem vs. Lesnar winner gets the next title shot, Kongo openly called for a second go-around with Velasquez.
"Of course, I would like to get this opportunity to fight for the belt and face Cain Velasquez," Kongo stated after UFC 137. "I don't want to be disrespectful, but he got cocky."
Velasquez and Kongo first faced each other at UFC 99 in Germany. In the fight, Kongo caught the Mexican-American heavyweight a couple times, stunning him and nearly finishing the contest.
Other than that, judges saw Velasquez being ahead on points for the rest of the fight, scoring it 30-27 unanimously across the board. The American Kickboxing Academy standout has gone on to become heavyweight champion and is currently slated to defend his belt against Junior dos Santos at the UFC on Fox show on Nov. 12.
Kongo, on the other hand, hasn't been brought up in talk about No. 1 contenders. He hasn't seen defeat in his last four outings, however, going 3-0-1 in that span. One of those wins included an epic come-from-behind knockout of Pat Barry at the UFC on Versus show in June.
Velasquez was not reached to comment on Kongo's opinion, but the champ isn't a typical trash-talker either. In fact, he's one of those fighters that lets his performance speak for itself, as he told MMAWeekly.com recently.
"All the talking beforehand doesn't mean anything," Velasquez said last month in Los Angeles. "Instead of my words, I'm going to use my axes to talk."
Erik Fontanez is a senior writer and reporter for MMAWeekly.com.
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