Source: MMAWeekly.comThe Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday announced that Cheick Kongo has agreed to step in for the injured Heath Herring at UFC 99 to face Cain Velasquez.
The promotion on Tuesday revealed that Herring had to withdraw from the bout due to an unspecified injury.
Kongo – a teammate of Michael Bisping and Quinton Jackson at the Wolfslair Academy in England – enters the bout riding a wave of success. He has won three straight bouts since losing a bout, ironically enough, to Herring at UFC 82 more than a year ago.
Velasquez has quickly amassed an undefeated record of 5-0, finishing all five of his opponents – including three in the UFC – by way of TKO. Kongo, however, is the American Kickboxing Academy trained fighter's toughest bout to date.
Kongo has some balls to take this fight on short notice. Cain is a very dangerous fighter, his wrestling is going to be hard for Kongo to handle, and Kongo has a lot to lose. He is almost certainly one fight away from a title shot. Even though I don't like him I'll be rooting for him. It would be nice to heavy weight, that is truly deserving, get a title shot. It seems like those have been few and far between.