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Slow and steady wins the race, though fighting ugly does little to win fans.

Cheick Kongo knows Saturday's UFC 137 co-main-event win over Matt Mitrione wasn't a signature or highlight-reel win that dazzled fans, but it served its purpose.

It got him one step closer to a rematch with champ Cain Velasquez, whom Kongo said was "lucky" in their first meeting.

Kongo (17-6-2 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) earned a unanimous-decision victory over the previously unbeaten Mitrione (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view co-headliner of UFC 137, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. An action-light first round was showered in boos, though Kongo picked up the pace for an effective third round that led to the victory.

"Most of the time, when I win a fight, I can say it was exciting," Kongo told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after the event. "But I was kind of slow.

"I was expecting to exchange more than I did tonight. I wanted to see what he would do specifically. The last round, I just decided to go for it."

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Post #1   10/30/11 12:25:12PM   

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The kongo that fought the way he did last would be finished by Cain. He didn't start fighting until the 3rd round after back peddling his way through all of round 1 and most of round 2. If Mitrione had been more aggressive he would have won that fight. It's not enough to just walk with your opponent, you've gotta do something to make it seem like Kongo is backing away for a reason.

Kongo vs. Nelson, let's see it.

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"Lucky" champ? Yeah okay, Kongo. If there's any sign of luck in MMA, it's his knockout of Pat Barry.

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Posted by FastKnockout

"Lucky" champ? Yeah okay, Kongo. If there's any sign of luck in MMA, it's his knockout of Pat Barry.

completely. Kongo's weakness is Cain's Strength. The ground. And that's where Cain would take it for the win this time around.

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Posted by Budgellism

The kongo that fought the way he did last would be finished by Cain. He didn't start fighting until the 3rd round after back peddling his way through all of round 1 and most of round 2. If Mitrione had been more aggressive he would have won that fight. It's not enough to just walk with your opponent, you've gotta do something to make it seem like Kongo is backing away for a reason.

Kongo vs. Nelson, let's see it.


Totally agree Budge, i want 2 see Nelson vs Kongo. On The same note i would also like to see Mitrione vs Browne, but i doubt the UFC will make that fight

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Kongo is a great gatekeeper but he's gone crazy if he thinks he should be champ. Did he forgot how easily Mir demolished him or how he barely survived Barry. He doesn't take a shot or defend the takedown well enough to beat the elite often enough to be a champion.

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Kongo has been hanging around Rampage too much

Cain would beat Kongo's arse 10/10 times.

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last nights kongo will get walloped by mr cain v.

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Posted by Budgellism



Kongo vs. Nelson, let's see it.



I like to see this fight too. I think Nelson will bring out the best in Kongo. Nelson is aggressive and will more than likely press forward while attacking.

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As Frank Mir said, Kongo should have had Cain knocked out twice, and still lost every round.


It got him one step closer to a rematch with champ Cain Velasquez, whom Kongo said was "lucky" in their first meeting.


This statement is hilarious in every part.

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Picking some up and ragdolling them around the octagon while landing 450 punches throughout the fight is lucky?

Just checking if that's case.

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Kongo is the lucky one....for not getting laid out cold by Velasquez. If they fight again I don't think Kongo will be so lucky. Kongo is lucky he got by Mitrione.

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Kongo is pretty nuts to think Cain was lucky but at this point he's put up a better fight against Cain than anyone else in the division.

I don't see a rematch going any better for him, but I'd give him a better shot than Lesnar.

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Posted by Budgellism

Slow and steady wins the race, though fighting ugly does little to win fans.

Cheick Kongo knows Saturday's UFC 137 co-main-event win over Matt Mitrione wasn't a signature or highlight-reel win that dazzled fans, but it served its purpose.

It got him one step closer to a rematch with champ Cain Velasquez, whom Kongo said was "lucky" in their first meeting.

Kongo (17-6-2 MMA, 10-4-1 UFC) earned a unanimous-decision victory over the previously unbeaten Mitrione (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view co-headliner of UFC 137, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. An action-light first round was showered in boos, though Kongo picked up the pace for an effective third round that led to the victory.

"Most of the time, when I win a fight, I can say it was exciting," Kongo told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after the event. "But I was kind of slow.

"I was expecting to exchange more than I did tonight. I wanted to see what he would do specifically. The last round, I just decided to go for it."

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i would take big country

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