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Kongo Replaces Velasquez Against Al-Turk at UFC 92

Cheick KongoUFC newcomer Mustafa Al-Turk (6-3) will make his UFC debut against fellow heavyweight Cheick Kongo (17-4-1) at UFC 92 on December 27th in Las Vegas.

Al-Turk, who recently vacated his Cage Rage heavyweight title to sign a four-fight deal with the UFC, was to take on up-and-coming heavyweight Cain Velasquez in December, but he will now take on Kongo after Velasquez was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury that will require surgery.

MMA Weekly reported the developments on Tuesday.

Following back-to-back losses to begin his career Al-Turk scored four-straight victories before suffering his third professional loss in late-2007. He’s since rebounded with back-to-back stoppage wins over Gary Turner and James McSweeney.

Kongo has earned five victories in seven fights inside the octagon, including a decision win over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and a first-round knockout of Dan Evensen at UFC 87 in August in his most-recent fight.

UFC 92 features a championship clash between The Ultimate Fighter 8 coaches interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

For more on UFC 92 check out the MMA rumors section.

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