Nickname The French Sensation
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg)
Born May 17, 1975
Fighting out of Sevran, France
Town of birth Paris, France
Team/Association Juanito Ibarra
Fighting style Muay Thai, wrestling
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 7
By submission 1
Cheick "Kongo" Guillaume Ouedraogo (born May 17, 1975 in Paris, France) is a heavyweight mixed martial artist currently fighting in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He trains together with Quinton Jackson and Michael Bisping. Kongo has been fighting in martial arts since he was 5 years old, following his brother into Kendo and Karate. He is currently ranked as the number 8 heavyweight in the world by sherdog and number 10 heavyweight in the world by MMA Weekly..He will fight against Heath Herring (27-13) at UFC 82: “Pride of a Champion”, on March 1 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Kongo entered into martial arts when he was 5 years old, learning Kendo and Karate. As he grew older, he would learn to master Muay Thai and kickboxing and would also practice Greco-Roman wrestling. At age 19, he would discover the Penchak Silat and would then be coached by Charles Joussot and Franck Roppers.
On June 10, 2001, Kongo began his professional career by knocking out Andre Tete. Kongo then followed up that win with a TKO over Dave van der Veen. He then lost his first professional MMA fight to Rodney Faverus by decision. Kongo was 6-1-1 when he entered the UFC to fight Gilbert Aldana at UFC 61, whom he beat by TKO due to a doctor stoppage. Kongo followed up with a win over UFC newcomer Christian Wellish by KO due to a knee strike, before losing to UFC newcomer Carmelo "The Fury" Marrero at UFC 64. Then, Kongo defeated Assuerio Silva by majority decision at UFC 70. At UFC 75 on September 8, 2007, he defeated Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović by unanimous decision. His next fight will be at UFC 82 against Heath Herring.