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Report: Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo at UFC 144 in Japan

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More fight news coming in for the UFC's return to Japan at UFC 144 next February, and once again, it involves a name very familiar to Japanese MMA fans. MMAWeekly is reporting that it will be Pride and K-1 veteran Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo in Japan.

A heavyweight bout between Chieck Kongo and Mark Hunt has been verbally agreed to for UFC 144 in Japan, although independent sources told MMAWeekly.com that no contracts have been signed as of yet.

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Post #1   11/21/11 10:40:57AM   

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Odd...just the other day I read Nelson/Kongo was rumored.

Hunt makes more sense for a Japan card, though.

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Post #2   11/21/11 10:45:20AM   

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I'm tempted to pick Hunt here.

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Post #3   11/21/11 11:06:52AM   

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Posted by Budgellism

I'm tempted to pick Hunt here.


Give in to the temptation. I will design an appropriate avatar for you upon Kongos destruction of Hunt.

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Post #4   11/21/11 11:14:42AM   

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Kongo will demolish Hunt with GNP

Post #5   11/21/11 11:24:55AM   

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I was kinda hoping for big country vs Hunt but all well, Kongo should destroy Hunt here but you never know, I mean Mark looked pretty good against Rothwell and showed some ground improvements

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Finally, give Hunt a striking match up.

Kongo does seem to stand and trade when he has the ground adv, i.e. Barry.

Post #7   11/21/11 11:54:44AM   

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Terrible match up. Hunt is a banger, and Kongo looks to avoid stand up exchanges.

Hunt better be ready to play cat and mouse.

Post #8   11/21/11 12:09:33PM   

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Im actually pretty confident in hunt here. Kongo might be a better wrestler then rothwell only because hes more athletic but i think hunt will put him to sleep.

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I'm going with Kongo but 6-8 years ago I would have said Hunt all the way.

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im iffy on this one but i want Hunt to win

on one hand, Hunt has heavier hands and a far better chin than Barry. Barry was so damn close to finishing Kongo (knocked him down with 1 punch despite the massive reach disadvantage) before getting clocked.

on the other hand, Kongo could very well make this fight look like his fight with Buentello. if he gets the TD, Hunt is pretty bad off his back and Kongo can do a whole lot of damage sitting in guard. and Kongo has a better gas tank than Rothwell (elevation or not).

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Last week it was kongo vs nelson
Fight never was gonna happen for ufc 143
I heard kongo vs hunt last week for japan. Don't know if it will make main card
But nelson may still fight in vegas probably against browne or meathead

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WAR MARK HUNT!!

man, am i ever going to be rooting him on.

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I'm tenative but am going with Hunt, also interested in how the betting lines will look.

Post #14   11/21/11 7:48:49PM   

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I have a feeling one of them is getting KO'd and I think it's going to be Kongo. Never know what to expect from Kongo. Sometimes he stands with strikers (Barry) sometimes he doesn't (Buentello) I have a feeling Hunt could sprawl Kongo and put him to sleep. Still not entirely confident in Hunt but I'll take him in this.

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