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Bellator 179: Cheick Kongo returns, fights Augusto Sakai on May 19

Cheick Kongo
Cheick Kongo
Esther Lin

Bellator 179 “MacDonald vs. Daley” comes to SSE Arena in London, England, on May 19, 2017. Headlining the card will be recent Bellator signee Rory MacDonald in a very tough test for his debut against the explosive Paul “Semtex” Daley.

They’re not the only big hitters headed for a showdown in London.

Bellator officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that a new bout has been signed for the card pitting “The Darkness” Cheick Kongo (26-10-2) against the undefeated Augusto Sakai (9-0-1).

Kongo is currently on a four-fight win streak, most recently outlasting British strongman Oli Thompson at Bellator 172 in San Jose. The normally heavy-handed Sakai (seven knockouts in 10 pro fights) went to a surprising draw at Bellator 155.

The rest of the card announced so far for Bellator 179 is below.

Bellator 179 "MacDonald vs. Daley" (Spike TV):

Welterweight: Rory MacDonald vs. Paul Daley
Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Derek Anderson
Light Heavyweight: Liam McGeary vs. Linton Vassell
Heavyweight: Cheick Kongo vs. Augusto Sakai

Bellator 179 "Prelims" (

Lightweight: Jay Dods vs. Alfie Davis
Heavyweight: Rob Beech vs. Stav Economou
Flyweight: Jamie Powell vs. Amir Albazi
Welterweight: Umer Kayani vs. Nathan Jones
Welterweight: Dan Vinni vs. Alex Lohore
Middleweight: Liam Etebar vs. Rafal Cejra Cejrowski
Catchweight (150 lbs.): Jeremy Petley vs. Chase Morton
Middleweight: Marcin Prostko vs. Mike Shipman
Bantamweight: Salih Kulucan vs. Diego Barbosa

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