Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione
Round 1: Mitrione comes out southpaw. Not a punch thrown through the first minute. Mitrione jumps in and misses with a right hand. The crowd starting to get restless. Kongo misses with a straight right. Mitrione misses with a big right and they clinch. Kongo presses Mitrione against the cage. Kongo lands knees to Mitrione’s thigh. Referee Herb Dean separates them. Kongo misses with two right hands. Mitrione pushes forward missing with a combination. Kongo lands an outside leg kick and then an outside leg kick. Kongo throws a front kick and Mitrione catches it and Kongo falls but gets back up immediately. They exchange at the bell with neither landing. Hard round to score. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Kongo.
Round 2: Kongo with a leg kick. Mitrione lands a right hand. Kongo works leg kicks. Mitrione with an inside leg kick. Kongo misses with two right hands but lands two leg kicks. Kongo comes in with a combination and a right hand got through. Mitrione lands a right hand. Kongo circles on the outside. Mitrioine moving forward. They exchange leg kicks. Kongo pushes forward with a flurry that comes up with air. Mitrione lands a right hand and an uppercut. Pace is picking up some. Kongo letting his hands go but Mitrione is making him miss with head movement. Inside leg kick landed by Mitrione followed by a right hand. Mitrione comes in with punches as the bell sounds. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Mitrione.
Round 3: Kongo lands a right hand to start the round. Mitrione lands a right hand. Kongo pushes forward with a flurry, landing one punch, and takes Mitrione down. Kongo slammed him. Kongo is in side control. Mitrione gives up his back looking to secure a leg. Mitrione stands up but Kongo presses him against the fence. Three minutes remaining and they’re clinched along the cage. Mitrione is bleeding under his left eye. Kongo gets a single leg takedown and lands in Mitrione’s half guard. Kongo lands punches and elbows. Mitrione unable to get up. Kongo has his back. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Kongo.
The judges score the fight 30-27, 30-28, 29-28 for Cheick Kongo by unanimous decision.