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UFC 99: Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 99: The Comeback. To access our full coverage, click here.

Cheick Kongo vs. Cain Velasquez

Round 1: Kongo rocked Velasquez with a big shot early, but Velasquez was still able to get a takedown. Velasquez tried to mount, but Kongo got out and got on top. Velasquez was able to get back on top and get side control. He mounted Kongo and got his back and got a rear-naked choke. Kongo was able to roll out of it and was mounted by Velasquez. Kongo was able to get back up to his feet, but Velasquez was able to take him down. Velasquez was relentless in his assault, nailing Kongo with shots from all over. Kongo got back up, only for Velasquez to take him back down. Velasquez had Kongo’s back again, and pressed him against the cage. Kongo managed to get back up to his feet and nail a nice knee to Velasquez’s body as the round ended. 10-9 for Velasquez.

Round 2: Velasquez nailed Kongo with a couple of shots before Kongo rocked Velasquez again and clinched with him against the cage. Velasquez was able to take Kongo down again. Velasquez was able to flatten Kongo out, and Velasquez continued to control Kongo. Kongo was able to get back to his feet, only to be taken down again. Velasquez stayed on Kongo’s back, dropping knees and punches. Velasquez stayed on Kongo, dropping some big knees to the body and hammer fists as the round came to a close. So Kongo is the first fighter to be able to last until the third round with Velasquez. 10-9 for Velasquez, would have been a 10-8 if it weren’t for that big shot that rocked Velasquez early in the round.

Round 3: Kongo connected with some big shots to start the round again, and was able to take down Velasquez, but Velasquez was able to get on top of him and drop hammer fists again. I’m impressed that Kongo has been able to last this long. Velasquez just kept landing punches but Kongo was able to get back up and stuffed a takedown. Kongo landed some hard knees. He nailed Velasquez with some big shots and almost looked like he was going to finish him for a second, but Velasquez was able to take Kongo back down and mounted Kongo. Velasquez dropped some shots and Kongo was trying to land punches from the bottom. Velasquez kept dropping punches as the round came to an end. 10-9 for Velasquez.

Winner via unanimous decision (scores weren’t announced): Cain Velasquez

After the fight, Velasquez said he should have done better. He looked and sounded like a guy who lost. He thanked Kongo for taking the fight on short notice and said he needed to do better.