UFC 144 Results: Mark Hunt Knocks Out Cheick Kongo

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Mark Hunt has done it again: The former K-1 champion returned to Japan at UFC 144 and knocked out Cheick Kongo in the first round.

Hunt didn't do much in the first couple minutes of the fight, but the one thing Hunt can always do is hit really, really hard, and that's just what he did against Kongo: Hunt dropped Kongo with a left hand to the chin, then allowed Kongo to get back up but continued stalking him, landed more punches to knock Kongo down, and then jumped on him and finished him off on the ground.

The official time of referee Herb Dean's stoppage was 2 minutes, 11 seconds.



Hunt is now, amazingly, on a three-fight winning streak in the UFC heavyweight division. When Hunt signed with the UFC in 2010, most people thought he was washed up and had no business inside the Octagon. But he has rededicated himself to MMA and is looking impressive.

Hunt is still a long way from the top of the heavyweight division, but it's going to be exciting to see what he can do next.


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