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Report: Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo Added to UFC 137

(Cheick Kongo: Dangerous even when he’s counting baguettes in Le Dreamland.)

As first reported by ESPN, a heavyweight meeting between undefeated rising star Matt Mitrione and veteran striker Cheick Kongo has been slated for UFC 137: St. Pierre vs. Diaz. Both fighters are coming off of KO victories at UFC on Versus 4 on June 26th; Mitrione dominated Christian Morecraft for two rounds before ending the bout with a stunning walkoff knockout, while Kongo pulled off one of the greatest comeback wins in MMA history against Pat Barry, surviving two knockdowns before landing a Hail Mary shot that turned Barry’s light out.

Mitrione vs. Kongo is a booking that immediately made sense in the aftermath of that night. Mitrione deserves a step up from the kind of entry-level competition he’s been getting so far in his UFC career — and the fact that Mitrione and Pat Barry are training partners at Roufusport gives the Meathead/Kongo matchup a nice little revenge hook. So who takes this one: The rapidly-improving rookie, or the resilient veteran?

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XENOPHON- July 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm
I found the below list on Fakebook today. Yes, Loki's got it 100% correct with Kongo being the gatekeeper for the lower ranks. If one wants to talk about those who are title worthy, from the List below I might draw that line at Frank Smear. I discounted "interim titles." If you think such titles matter, then slide my line down one notch, below Toni Rigo Gueria.

UFC Heavyweight Rankings

Rank Name

1. Cain Velasquez
2. Junior Dos Santos
3. Brock Lesnar
4. Shane Carwin
5. Frank Mir
6. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
7. Roy Nelson
8. Brendan Schaub
9. Matt Mitrione
10. Cheick Kongo
11. Travis Browne
12. Stefan Struve
13. Ben Rothwell
14. Mirko Crocop
15. Mike Russow
16. Dave Herman
17. Jon Madsen
18. Pat Barry
19. Joey Beltram
20. Rob Broughton
21. Jon Olav Einemo
22. Christian Morecraft
23. Aaron Rosa
24. Mark Hunt
25. Chris Tuchscherer

What do you think?
Drinks2Much- July 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm
hey FrenchMaafaka. please go away
Drinks2Much- July 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm
MEATHEAD! i didnt like him too much on the show, but man is he a true fighter. hears voices, acts lik a crazy hobo, how can u NOT like the guy. i love crazy people because they are honest, i hate the french because they are . . . well . . . french. Kongo is still a beast. MMA will dominate all other sports in 10 years.
FrenchMaafaka- July 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm
KONGO will rape meathead.
....and hopefully all the stars and stripes nuthuggers inhere.
XENOPHON- July 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Fast is fine, accuracy is everyting. Advantage, Kongo.
Elentius- July 15, 2011 at 11:58 am
@ Pen Fifteen,

How can Kongo's greater experience as a striker be the only thing that Mitrione has going for him?! Wouldn't that mean that Kongo has the advantage?
Sarij- July 15, 2011 at 11:35 am
-Something unexpected surprise-
(I will now start all my comments with that opening line)
Id have to agree with Loki, Kongo is the ultimate HW gatekeeper. With that said, I hope meat head can whoop his ass! I don't see Mitrione becoming champ anytime soon, but the guy doesn't seem tested with all these up-and-comers. I think if Mitrione can beat Kongo and work his way into fighting the elites, hes gonna get his chin tested and really get motivated to train harder. This is the only way I see him getting close to a title shot...but Im getting WAY to ahead of myself here!
FFFUUUUUUU.....hate these captchas......
BONGTAR- July 15, 2011 at 9:04 am
I took a picture with Meathead once, so I think he will win.
Rear Naked Poke- July 15, 2011 at 9:02 am
Meathhead is peaking right now, he is on a tear. However if sloppy but resilient Beltran can go the distance and tag Meat, then i know Kongo will be able to touch him. Meathead is a very hittable boxer, i dont doubt that Kongo will test his chin.

Im hoping Kongo gets him. I dislike MEat after all his Shannanigans with Ortiz.
Giblets- July 15, 2011 at 8:27 am
Mitrione can take a hit whilst Kongo, bless him, gets fuckin ko'd by everyone in the last 3 yrs. Pat Barry is cursed I have no idea how he lost that fight i don't know how! I can'tsee how Congo who I like unlike Mitrione who I'd like to donkey punch win this fight, if I'm wrong happy days.............Aaaaasaaaaaa!
DARKHORSE06- July 15, 2011 at 8:07 am
This will be Meathead all the way. Kongo, in accordance with French custom, will surrender long before he even hops on the plane to go to the fight.
Also, Pat Barry fucking sucks. The sooner you guys admit that to yourselves the better. Yeah, he's a cool enough guy but so is Dennis Leary and that kid whose in all the Transformers movies.
WalksInTheDarkness- July 15, 2011 at 7:38 am
Kongo for this one. Just because Meathead has all that size doesn't mean he can put the man down. When, and if, the Frenchman can put Meathead down he'll finish it with those wicked elbows he unloads from the top.
Fried Taco- July 15, 2011 at 7:35 am
I agree with danomite, Meathead via takedowns!
Viva Hate- July 15, 2011 at 7:35 am
The dirtiest player in the game is back and looking to destroy the ball bag of a Meathead, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Kongo is going to be riding space mountain all night, celebrating this win, WOOOOOOO! Meanwhile, Meathead will be icing his nuts.
Maine Blazer- July 15, 2011 at 7:20 am
danomite- July 15, 2011 at 7:19 am
I think I'll take Meathead. If he ever gets in trouble I don't see whats stopping him from powering Cheicken-legs Kongo to the ground and pounding on him.
ubidoob- July 15, 2011 at 7:12 am
Mitrione for the win...
SnackDaddy- July 15, 2011 at 7:04 am
I have no doubt that Kongo will take this. Was never impressed with Meathead. He just hasn't fought anyone half decent.
Pen Fifteen- July 15, 2011 at 6:55 am
Kongo is much more experienced as a striker, which is the only thing Mitrione has going for him, so I peg him as the favorite.
LOKI- July 15, 2011 at 6:43 am
Kongo is the ultimate Heavyweight gatekeeper. If Meathead can get past him he will be a legitimate contender as Kongo beats everyone who isnt an elite.
I hate this comment format.
jimbonics- July 15, 2011 at 6:27 am
akovergaard- July 15, 2011 at 6:26 am
Since Meathead tends to get hit alot, i will go with Kongo
dude- July 15, 2011 at 6:14 am
Meathead by KO 2nd round