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Back Injury Prevents Cheick Kongo From Fighting Roy Nelson at UFC 116 in July

Cheick KongoA back injury suffered in his March win over Paul Buentello will likely prevent heavyweight Cheick Kongo from facing The Ultimate Fighter 10 winner Roy Nelson at UFC 116 on July 3 in Las Vegas, though the matchup, which was first reported on Saturday, could still take place later this year.

“I have to be able to start my preparation – the thingĀ I haven’t done yet. I am still injured [from the Buentello fight],” Kongo today told Riddum. “I don’t think it would happen at UFC 116. Maybe later but not then. I didn’t get any word from the UFC [on this matchup] and as of today I’m just actively recovering and nothing else.”

Kongo (15-6-1), who recently signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC, rebounded from back-to-back losses to Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez with a third-round TKO of Buentello at the UFC’s Versus debut last month, while Nelson (15-4) earned “Knockout of the Night” honors for his first-round TKO of Stefan Struve at UFC Fight Night 21 in March.

UFC 116 is headlined by the anticipated return of heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar vs. interim title-holder Shane Carwin, and is expected to be co-headlined by Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.

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