UFC 137 Results: Cheick Kongo Hands Matt Mitrione First Pro Loss

October 29, 2011
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Cheick Kongo won a unanimous decision over Matt Mitrione in their UFC 137 co-main event.

The judges saw it unanimously in Kongo’s favor after a slow start to the bout.

Not much action early in this one. Mitrione kept his hands low and it wasn’t until two minutes in where the two clinched against the cage. Both were holding on until referee Herb Dean split them up due to a lack of offense from both sides.

Both remained very cautious in the opening round and time expired to a chorus of boos from the Las Vegas crowd.

Kongo threw a some more punches in early moments of the second round and utilized leg kicks to score points. Mitrione kept moving forward, but didn’t land any massive strikes. Kongo, however, worked short kicks and punches, stacking up the points as he was backing up.

Mitrione turned up the heat and landed a right uppercut, which excited the crowd. The round came to and end with Mitrione stalking Kongo and keeping the heat on him.

Round three had both fighters coming out aggressive. Kongo picked up his opponent and slammed him down to the ground, landing strikes from top position. Mitrione sustained a cut under his left eye from the assault on the ground.

Both fighters looked tired halfway through the round, but Kongo scored another takedown and worked from Mitrione’s halfguard. the former NFL lineman worked to get back to his feet, but only scrambled to a different position on the floor. The time expired and Mitrione was bloody from the exchange.

Judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-28, 29-28 in favor of the French striker.

With the win, Kongo is unbeaten in his last four outings, while Mitrione tastes defeat for the first time in his professional career.

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  • wonggfan

    damn, this might be the end of the road for Mitrione. Given his age, it is unlikely that he will ever make champion in the UFC or SF. If he can’t beat Kongo, he can’t beat anyone in the upper echelon of the HW division, although styles make fights.

    I like Mitrione…sad to see him lose like that.

    Go take a look at any of the current or former UFC or Pride champs and see if any of them struggled against someone like Kongo when they first appeared. Every one of them blasted through the ranks, especially against a gate-keeper like Kongo.

    Although I am sure Mitrione could improve, he cannot improve to a point where he can become a serious threat in the HW division.