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Famous Last Words: Cheick Kongo Edition

From MMA Rated:

“I try to never underestimate any of my opponents but there’s really nothing that worries me too much with Brock Lesnar. I know it could be a tough fight, but, you know, I train hard and I will be ready for this one too.”

There’s something very zen-like about Kongo’s “don’t worry about what you can’t change” attitude. On the other hand, in terms of fight preparation, he may want to start worrying about the fact that he’s going to be on his back for fifteen minutes against Lesnar. The wrestling thing would be an issue, I would think. Kongo might even want to worry about Brock’s striking, and how one of his punches threw Heath Herring into a reverse somersault and closed his eye for the remainder of the fight. But hey, I’m on the outside looking in, so whatever.

I thought this quote was particularly worth sharing because it’s eerily similar to Herring’s cavalier statements that because he’d faced wrestlers before, he wasn’t expecting Lesnar to present anything he hadn’t seen before — which in itself is similar to how Patrick Cote has been echoing James Irvin‘s failed strategy of taking ten of Anderson Silva‘s punches to land one of his own. Dismissing Brock Lesnar’s takedowns and ground control is just about as foolish as thinking you’ll survive ten straight from Silva. People, please: If we don’t learn from the past, we’re doomed to repeat it, directly in the face, for about 30 seconds until Steve Mazzagatti mercifully stops the fight.

Also, Kongo honestly believes he deserves a title shot — he wasn’t just letting adrenaline hijack his mouth after his win over Dan Evensen at UFC 87:

“His was my seventh UFC fight. I have never been completely dominated by an opponent in a UFC fight, even in my 2 losses which were by split decision. I won five fights among which three were by KO/TKO. So, I’m asking: How many fights do I have to win to definitely give me the credibility to get a title shot?”

With the way the UFC’s heavyweight ladder seems to be arranged right now, he’d probably have to beat Lesnar and then Fabricio Werdum. So, good luck with that.

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Anon- August 25, 2008 at 1:20 pm
At least somebody actually watched the fight.
I half wonder if maybe Herring was just waiting for Brock to put his hooks in so he could roll, thinking that eventually he would. And I wonder if at the same time, Brock was waiting for Herring to realize he wasn't going to so he'd stop turtling - also thinking that eventually he would.
Well regardless, I think we're going to get to see Lesnar "open up" against Kongo for sure. At this point it's still foolish to predict a Lesnar fight, but I've got a feeling this is going to be a pretty explosive, one-sided fight. The only question is who is going to be the one exploding, and who's going to be the one eating leather.
fightfan- August 24, 2008 at 6:20 am
Anon....I agree

How can anyone say he didnt try??? or he just lay'd n pray'd for 3 rounds. What was he suppose to do with Herring turtled up for 3 rounds and as soon ONE punch came near the back of his head he was crying to the ref. And, of course Lesnar got warned(when other fighters strike much closer to the back multiple times WITH NO repercusion or warnings at all).

So what was he suppose to do with nowhere to strike??? He held dominant position and kneed him in his side so Hering pissed some blood in teh followign days. So If Herring didnt curl up in a ball Lesnar would of really fucked up his day. Worried about how quickly and unfairly he got penaliozed against Mir, I dotn blame him one bit.

I will bet that lesnar will open up when the opportunity arise. He really had no other option against the 3 round turtle.
Karmaatemycat- August 24, 2008 at 12:02 am
Lesnar won't lose to kongo unless he gets punchers/kickers Luck and thats unlikely as lesnars pretty fucking good at knocking people his own weight class on there ass and just running through them.. and as for being boring as hell... I don't think brock much gives a fuck if he's entertaining you he just wants to win and at the END of the day thats all that really fucking matters... So yah Go Brock...
Anon- August 23, 2008 at 8:20 pm
You guys are hilarious. Brock is boring after laying for one fight? Against probably the toughest HW who did nothing but turtle? In his third pro fight that he still won? Admit it, you like Lesnar. If you didn't, you wouldn't fucking care.
The Real Sandman- August 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm
Brock is going to roll through Kongo, with ease. And he would easily beat Herring if they fought again. His takedowns are nearly impossible to stuff and his ground control is excellent. Expect Lesnar vs. Kongo to be another one-sided beating.
douchebaggerizzle- August 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm
bpd: that shit was funny bro
bpd- August 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm
Asked for a retort, Lesnar reportedly told ESPN, "I don't like (n-word)s. Put that in your little notebook."
Anonymous- August 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm
rh, I'm with you. I think Lesnar is a good fighter, but the fact that he beat Heath doesn't mean that he would beat him again if they fought.
Jeff- August 22, 2008 at 5:22 am
"People, please: If we don’t learn from the past, we’re doomed to repeat it, directly in the face, for about 30 seconds until Steve Mazzagatti mercifully stops the fight."

Whoever wrote that better be getting paid to do the fine job he does.
tallsforeverybody- August 22, 2008 at 1:54 am
we hardly knew you Chieck Kongo...
rh- August 22, 2008 at 1:30 am
^^^blind in one eye from the first punch^^^

I think Lesnar still beats him 6 times out of 10, but I think people who are calling for Lesnar to annihilate anyone are overvaluing his limited MMA skills.

fightfan- August 21, 2008 at 10:48 pm
Here is the link for the Herring vs Erikson fight.......

It is worthwhile summing up the first 6 minutes of video as lay n pray to a T....then Herring goes beserk on the 300 lb Erikson after the 2 are finally stood up

Check it out!!!
fightfan- August 21, 2008 at 9:46 pm
*********************** **********************

If you could, dig up the Heath Herring/Tom Erikson fight. Not the greatest fight, but the last 30 seconds are sick. Sure, Erikson has NOT the strength, nor athleticism that Lesnar has, but Erikson is 300 lbs

The fight is about 6 minutes. For the first 5 1/2 minutes, Herring is on his back with Erikson trying to land blows. Then the ref stands up the fight, FIANLLY, and Herring looks like the devil himself. the 30 seconds after the restart on teh feet kick ass!!!! Try and get that fight up, it is NOT hard to find.

Where was THAT Herring when he fought Lesnar
BrockWillShatOnKongo- August 21, 2008 at 9:27 pm
Kongo got dominated by Herring. Herring got dominated by Brock. Unless the Darkness can land a miracle Ko, he's gonna get shat on by Brock. I agree Brock's been a one trick pony his first couple of fights, but he's improved each fight, and that one trick has been unstoppable...
god's other white meat- August 21, 2008 at 8:38 pm
kongo will get broken faster than herring. it'll be good to see him silenced.
The Krout- August 21, 2008 at 8:34 pm
I like Kongo, but Lesnar has the laying on top of people move down pat. Brock should be able to lay on Kongo for 3 rounds for another win. Brock is boring as hell. No skills outside of wrestling.
kissenger- August 21, 2008 at 8:19 pm
Brock will bum Kongo. Kongo thinks that 'not being dominated' is the necessary requirement for a shot at the 'tittel'.
Kongo is junk- August 21, 2008 at 8:16 pm
I personaly think that Kongo is a disapointment- he looks like a giant Anderson Silva but doesnt fight like it- he is very cocky and i think just like Lesner he is overhyped- I like Brock in this fight and think that once he can break from that wrestle only mode he gets into he will beast it- watch for a little more bjj from him in the next fight i doubt he will try to stand up that long with Kongo
rh- August 21, 2008 at 8:10 pm Kongo going to be on his back for 15 minutes, or is it just 30 seconds until Mazzagatti mercifully stops the fight? It can't be both, can it?

I still think Lesnar is overhyped and underskilled. I don't think Kongo will win, but I don't think Lesnar is the dominant force people make him out to be. He's currently a one-trick pony who is--gradually--picking up more skills.

I don't see either Kongo or Lesnar getting through Werdum.