ESPN UK is reporting that a heavyweight tilt between surging fighters Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo has been set up for the impending UFC 137 fight card.
Longtime heavyweight staple Cheick Kongo recently breathed new life into his career by pulling off an absolutely stunning come-from-behind KO victory over Pat Barry in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 late last month. Kongo was badly hurt by Barry, a K-1 level striker, early on in the first round, repeatedly knocked to the canvas and seemingly unfit to continue battling. The Frenchman somehow survived Barry’s onslaught and made “HD” pay for getting a little overzealous in his attempts to finish the fight, tagging him with a hard right hand and separating him from consciousness with another.
That big win put Kongo in the win column after fighting Travis Browne to a draw. The 36-year-old sports an overall record of 16-6-2 and a UFC record of 9-4-1. He holds notable victories over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Antoni Hardonk and Barry; his losses have come to Carmelo Marrero, Heath Herring, current champ Cain Velasquez and former champ Frank Mir.
A former pro football player and a castmember on season ten of The Ultimate Fighter, 33-year-old Matt Mitrione has proven himself to possess some serious skill which belies his two-years-young professional career. An adept athlete, Mitrione is undefeated as a professional (but was beaten via submission on TUF by James McSweeney) in five fights, all of which have taken place in the UFC. During his employment with the UFC, Mitrione has taken out Marcus Jones, Kimbo Slice, Joey Beltran, Tim Hague and, most recently, Christian Morecraft. “Meathead” has earned four of those wins via KO/TKO, with only his bout against Beltran seeing the last bell.
UFC 137 is expected to take place on October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature a welterweight title fight between UFC champ Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz.