UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo has joined former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in leaving Juanito Ibarra and joining Wolfslair Academy in the UK, according to Eurosport.
Now Kongo, a UFC heavyweight contender, has joined Jackson in leaving Ibarra’s Big Bear, California-based camp for the UK’s premiere gym that also includes UFC fighters Michael Bisping and Paul Kelly.
A native of France, Kongo emerged as a top contender with back-to-back victories over Assuerio Silva and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. After dropping a split decision to Heath Herring at UFC 82 in March Kongo bounced back with a first-round knockout of Dan Evensen at UFC 87 in August.
After nearly signing to take on Brock Lesnar before the return of UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, Kongo will look to take on a striker in his next fight, though at this time a date and opponent have not been determined.