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UFC 97: Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk

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Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk

Round one: Kongo working the jab, measuring Hardonk. Both fighters landing leg kicks early, feeling each other out. Kongo takes Hardonk to the cage in the clinch, action stalls, ref breaks them up. Kongo catches a Hardonk kick and knocks him to the mat. Kongo lets him up as the action continues on their feet. Clinched against the cage again, Kongo looking for a takedown. Hardonk fights off takedown attempts briefly but Kongo gets him down and lands in Hardonk’s full guard. Kongo lands a few short GnP shots but no serious damage as the round ends. We’re scoring this round 10-9 in favor of Kongo.

Round two: Hardonk goes for big leg kick immediately and slips, allowing Kongo to get back on top of him, pulls guard. Kongo posturing up, Hardonk has Kongo’s right arm hooked but left is free and landing some fists and elbows, opening a cut over Hardonk’s left eye. Kongo stands and lands big hammerfists as the referee stops the fight.

Final result: Kongo by TKO at 2:29 of round 2.