Cheick Kongo will return against Pat Barry on June 26. | Dave
UFC heavyweights Pat Barry
and Cheick Kongo
have agreed to square off on June 26 as part of the promotion’s
live event for cable network Versus.
Sherdog.com has confirmed the matchup with a source close to the
bout, for which agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the fight on Monday.
The UFC recently announced the date for UFC Live 4, though no
location or venue has been revealed.
A former kickboxer with roots in sanshou, Barry has racked up a 6-2
record since making the switch to mixed martial arts in May 2008.
The 31-year-old New Orleans native currently resides in Milwaukee,
where he trains with fellow standup stylist Duke Roufus’
Roufusport camp. Against Kongo, “HD” will look for his first
two-fight Octagon win streak; on Jan. 22, he took a unanimous
decision over Joey
Beltran at UFC
“Fight for the Troops 2.”
Kongo, 35, comes off a unanimous draw with Travis
Browne at October’s UFC
120. The stalemate was the result of Kongo being docked a point
in the third round for repeatedly grabbing Browne’s shorts. Prior
to that outcome, the Frenchman snapped a two-fight losing skid by
Buentello to submit to strikes in their March 2010 meeting at
Live 1. Kongo, who will celebrate 10 years as a professional
MMA fighter in June, has been with the UFC for nearly five years,
amassing a record of 8-4-1 in that time.