Esther Lin, MMA Fighting | Mark Hunt will battle Cheick Kongo on the main card of UFC 144 on Saturday night in Japan.
Kongo (17-6-2) won both his fights last year, beating Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione. Hunt (7-7) also went 2-0 in 2011, defeating Chris Tuchscherer and Ben Rothwell.
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Round 1: Hunt slips on a kick right away, and Kongo takes the opportunity to charge in for a clinch. Hunt quickly turns him around and gets away. Kongo pumps out the jab, but Hunt seems to be loading up for one big one. Kongo charges in with a punch and Hunt counters with a left hook that staggers Kongo. Moments later, Hunt moves in close after a right hand gets through Kongo’s guard. He fires off several more rights and Kongo drops. Hunt jumps on him and finishes it with a couple extra punches before Herb Dean is forced to move in. This one is over.
Mark Hunt def. Cheick Kongo at 2:11 of round one
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