Just lately, it was confirmed that Cheick Kongo re-signed a multi-fight cope with Bellator MMA and it’s clear what the primary battle Kongo needs on his newly signed deal.

Final September, the MMA veteran challenged two-division champion Ryan Bader for the heavyweight title and the bout led to a no contest as a result of an unintentional eye poke from Bader. The heavyweight champ claims that he by no means poked Kongo within the eye; nevertheless, the 44-year-old insists that Bader did strike him within the eye and is questioning why he hasn’t acquired a right away rematch:

“I didn’t get the prospect to speak about it, to elucidate myself, and I received discredit for that,” Kongo informed MMA Junkie. “Simply two weeks earlier than that within the UFC, a battle (Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens) ended with poked eyes, and people guys did the rematch. However for my case, it was identical to, ‘No, we don’t need to do that,’ however that’s simply politics. I fought as a person. I don’t battle and make excuses or something like that.”

Kongo believes that Bader needed a motive to get out of the battle as a result of he was pissed off together with his efficiency through the match-up:

“He was simply exhausted, exhausted as a result of he couldn’t land the proper shot and hit me correctly,” Kongo defined. “That’s the explanation he poked me. It doesn’t matter what, he needs another person, no matter. However that’s fairly unhappy as a result of he’s somebody who claims, ‘I’m the very best within the class,’ and for the game we want any individual that may maintain these titles, however he’s faux. He’s faux.

We’re right here to battle, so we’re going to battle. If you wish to use some sh*t on me, OK, however be sure you’re ready to reply to my actions, as a result of I’m not faux. If you wish to battle, I’m right here, however he’s a giant coward.”

It didn’t take lengthy for Bader to reply to Kongo’s feedback, with the Bellator MMA Heavyweight Champion implying the Kongo was the one on the lookout for a manner out and that he doesn’t have an issue dealing with the veteran once more:

“I feel there’s some unfinished enterprise there with Kongo,” Bader stated to Sherdog. “I simply appeared up this story he did as we speak calling me a coward, and wanting a manner out. I simply don’t get it. I don’t get his thought course of and the way he doesn’t notice how silly he appears to be like. There’s clear-cut video proof. It was on nationwide TV. There’re cameras in all places. Each single digital camera angle [showing] poking the nostril, [and then he] grabs his eye. Then he calls me a coward and needed a manner out, after getting his ass beat for a spherical. It simply blows my thoughts.

“Possibly that is his manner of riling me up, and for certain getting the rematch. However I informed his guys, we will rematch at any time when. Don’t act like I’m ducking him or something like that.”