The heavyweight division was home to the third fight of the UFC 149 pay-per-view telecast. Cheick Kongo was hoping to get back into the win column after losing his last fight to Mark Hunt at UFC 144 by facing off with Shawn Jordan. Jordan is relatively unknown in the UFC, having competed in the Octagon just once. He defeated Oli Thompson via second round TKO at UFC on FX 2 after competing on the Strikeforce Challengers series.
The veteran Kongo was hoping to control the less-experienced Jordan to open the fight, but Jordan pressed him up against the cage. Jordan kept him there for more than a minute before Kongo reversed the position and took his back until he took an elbow in the groin which surely made Mirko Filipovic smile in Croatia. After recovering from the shot to the groin, Kongo came at Jordan with a faster pace, which didn't seem to faze the younger fighter. The round finished with both fighters grappling, but neither fighter took control in this round.
My scorecard: Jordan 10-9
The second round began in the clinch and saw Kongo land several solid knees to the body of Jordan. Jordan then worked towards a takedown, but Kongo did a great job of avoiding before the two men briefly exchanged strikes. Kongo landed two solid right hands, which prompted Jordan to tie up with him. Kongo worked towards getting his hooks in, but made a mistake and allowed Jordan to get on top. Jordan was unable to pick up any offense and the round ended without much excitement.
My scorecard: Kongo 10-9
This round was mostly a grappling match with Kongo landing occasional knees as Jordan just looked exhausted and unprepared. As one of Greg Jackson's fighters, the fact that Jordan was unable to go straight forward for 15 minutes was a big surprise to me. Kongo finished the fight by controlling Jordan against the cage, landing the occasional strike.
My scorecard: Kongo 10-9, overall to Kongo 29-28
This fight was a bit of a disappointment. Kongo needed to do more and should have done more with the inexperienced fighter.
Official Decision: Unanimous Decision for Cheick Kongo (30-28, 30-27 x2)
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