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UFC 144 Live Blog: Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt Updates

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting | Mark Hunt will battle Cheick Kongo on the main card of UFC 144 on Saturday night in Japan.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting | Mark Hunt will battle Cheick Kongo on the main card of UFC 144 on Saturday night in Japan.

SAITAMA -- This is the UFC 144 live blog for Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt, a heavyweight bout on tonight's UFC pay-per-view from the Saitama Super Arena.

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.

Follow the live blog below.


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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