UFC 107 is less then two weeks away, and heavyweight Cheick Kongo says he’s counting down the days. Kongo faces Frank Mir at the event, and Kongo said that he plans to shut the mouth of his 30-year old opponent.
“[I will] end the reign of the bigmouth Frank Mir. He talks too much. Too much, too much,” Kongo said. “He is good at talking but I am going to show him the way to be positive and respectful. I train very hard for this victory, its not a game.”
Kongo is coming off of a recent loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 99, but the heavyweight says that he is over that fight and looking forward to his upcoming bout against Mir.
“Just two or three weeks training to prepare for that fight wasn’t enough, I was weak and busy – but whatever, it’s alright, it’s in the past now. I have to turn the page,” he stated of his bout against Velasquez.
Mir is looking at mistakes Kongo made during the Velasquez fight and hopes to exploit them during their bout.
“Obviously his wrestling is not the best wrestling,” Mir recently stated. “In the fight with Cain Velasquez, he was getting mauled for 15 minutes; he had very poor technique and had no answers. No one is shocked by the fact that his ground game is amongst some of the worst ground game we have in the heavyweight division. I hope to take advantage of that.
“I feel that I’m pretty decent on the ground,” he continued. “I feel that if I get the fight on the ground it’s to my advantage, and I’ll win the fight.”
UFC 107 will be taking place inside the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on December 12. In addition to Mir facing Kongo, UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn will defend his title against Diego Sanchez in the main event.