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UFC 107: Frank Mir Chokes Out Cheick Kongo

Cheick Kongo, Frank MirFrank Mir had an absolutely dominant performance against Cheick Kongo Saturday night at UFC 107, dropping Kongo with a hard punch early in the first round and then choking him into unconsciousness with a brilliant guillotine.

Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champion who returned to the Octagon for the first time since losing to Brock Lesnar at UFC 100, looked absolutely awesome: Bigger, stronger and more powerful than ever before. Mir used a hard left hook to knock Kongo to the ground and then quickly got hold of Kongo's neck. Kongo refused to tap, and eventually Mir had choked him out, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight and rescue Kongo. Every serious MMA observer agrees that the sport's No. 1 heavyweight is Fedor Emelianenko and No. 2 is Brock Lesnar, but after those two, Mir is next in line. He's for real.

After the fight Mir said he hopes the ailing Lesnar recovers quickly so that he can get a rubber match with him. If that match ever happens, Lesnar -- assuming he's healthy -- would be the favorite. But against anyone else in the UFC, it would be hard to pick against Mir.

Mir improved his record to 13-4. Kongo falls to 14-6-1.