Cheick Kongo To Face Newcomer Dan Evenson At UFC 87

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The following was announced today on MMAJunkie.com:

UFC heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo (11-4-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC) hopes to rebound from a recent split-decision loss to Heath Herring when he takes on UFC newcomer Dan Evensen (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in August.

Kongo announced the UFC 87 bout in a recent blog post.

The heavyweight bout will supplement UFC 87's recently announced main event of UFC hall-of-famer Mark Coleman vs. Brock Lesnar.

Kongo had emerged as one of the UFC's top heavyweight contenders, and even cracked the top 10 in some division rankings, before his split-decision loss to Herring at UFC 82 in March. Prior to the loss, Kongo had won two consecutive bouts — and six of seven fights overall.

Evensen, meanwhile, will look to extend a four-fight win streak that included stints with BodogFIGHT and the IFO. The veteran fighter owns past victories over notables Ruben Villareal, Rob Wince and John George. Seven of the stand-up fighter's 11 victories have come via knockout or TKO.

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