Cheick Kongo: UFC threw me away after treating me like s--t

Jesse Holland

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Cheick Kongo will return to action this Friday night (Sept. 5, 2014) when he faces Lavar Johnson on the Spike TV main card of Bellator 123, which takes place inside Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

And everything in the Parisian's career is finally "good" now that he's competing for the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, following a hot-and-cold run under the ZUFFA banner.

From his conversation with SciFighting:

"You know some things happen unexpectedly in your career but no matter what happens you can get everything you want, everything in my career now is good. But the UFC threw me away after treating me like shit at the end. You have to be really tough, they (UFC) just pushed all the time, push, push, push and no matter what I had to keep going. What they're (Bellator) doing is good, and I can't wait to see what they have in store next, I would love to rematch Vitaly (Minakov), and this time around I would not over-train for him. I want to fight for the title next. I can't say I want this or that and blah blah blah and who I want or when blah blah until I beat Lavar."

Kongo (21-9-2) was last seen beating the brakes off Eric Smith at Bellator 120 last May. His technical knockout victory over the Idahoan got him back into the win column following a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Vitaly Minakov back in April.

No question Kongo would like to throw his name into the contender's hat, but that all depends on his performance this Friday in "The Constitution State."

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