Want to see Cheick Kongo’s next fight? You’ll have to pay up. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The final round of Bellator MMA’s Season 9 heavyweight tournament will take place on pay-per-view.
The promotion Monday announced that Cheick Kongo and Vinicius “Spartan” Kappke de Queiroz’s tournament final will round out the five-fight main card for Bellator MMA “Rampage vs. Tito.” Bellator’s inaugural pay-per-view takes place Nov. 2 at Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, Calif., and is headlined by a light heavyweight duel between former UFC champions Quinton Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
Kongo, 38, made his Bellator debut less than two weeks ago, disposing of Englishman Mark Godbeer via second-round knockout in their semifinal matchup. It was Kongo’s first fight outside of the UFC since 2006, a stint during which he compiled an 11-5-1 Octagon record before departing on the heels of an April knockout loss to Roy Nelson.
Queiroz has gone 2-1 in Bellator since returning from a nearly 2-year absence brought on by a positive steroid test and UFC firing. The 30-year-old Brazilian knocked out Lavar Johnson in brutal fashion on Oct. 4 and is now one win away from a rematch with the man who punched out Queiroz last November, Bellator heavyweight champ Alexander Volkov.