In a weird bout on the UFC's first card on the Versus network, Cheick Kongo won by submission over Paul Buentello. "The Headhunter" submitted to strikes at 1:16 in round three.
Though he's known for his stand-up, Kongo took the fight to the ground in the first round. He took down Buentello, originally a boxer, several times, giving Kongo the ability to control the fight. In a weird moment, Buentello's finger was injured, and the fight was paused to fix the finger and the glove, and then the fight was restarted with Kongo finishing the round out strong.
Kongo was controlling the second round when he threw an illegal knee to Buentello's head. Buentello was given a minute to recover, and Kongo was docked a point. When the fight was restarted, Kongo continued to beat down Buentello with kicks, knees and takedowns.
In the third round, Kongo again took Buentello down, and tried a new strategy, throwing sharp elbows into Buentello's thighs. Finally, Buentello couldn't take it any more, and tapped out.
Since returning to the UFC, Buentello is winless, while this win breaks a two-match losing streak for Kongo.
- Cheick Kongo
- Paul Buentello