June 27, 2011 by staff
Cheick Kongo, Cheick Kongo stole the show on Sunday, making an impressive comeback knockout of Pat Barry in an impromptu main event of UFC Live 4 scrambled card when Marquardt could not get medical clearance to compete in a little over 24 hours. In a show that first seemed doomed when Marquardt was expelled just before weighing in on Saturday, KO Kongo surprise and improbable win over Rick Story Charlie Brenneman saved the day.
Speaking of doomed, Kongo seemed DOA middle of the first assault of his heavyweight fight with Barry, Barry after he dropped him with a right over your head and then rushed into the apartment of French fighter puzzled again with a hook right. Referee Dan Mirgaliotta almost intervened to stop the fight, but Kongo regained his feet and then hit the cold overzealous Barry with a right hook, right uppercut combo.
Barry fell back, eyes open, and added a couple of Kongo hammerfists Mirgaliotta calls things before. For Kongo, for two in a row – discounting a draw against Travis Browne UFC 120 – since losing two straight back in 2009.
Kongo KO was great, but you could argue all the results Brenneman were even better. After accepting a fight with the story of a day ago when the State Athletic Commission officials refused to clear Marquardt, attack the natives of Pennsylvania wrestling was too much for history.
History, who took the fight on less than one month in advance and he underwent a change of opponent on Saturday, seemed ill equipped to handle demolition Brenneman. The wrestler nicknamed “Spanish” history routinely took to the mat and controls him. The fighters traded attempts to presentation – the struggle to get his feet in the third round, when history seemed to be working for an armbar – and made unanimous 29-28 Brenneman advantages of the three judges cards.
In other televised action, Matt Mitrione continued after the “TUF” roll, the annulment of Christian Morecraft with 30 seconds left in the second round. It was the fifth straight wins at UFC Mitrione and likely earned him a step forward in the competition in his next start.
Matt Brown pulled a minor upset in the defeat of John Howard in a welterweight bout. Howard, who some expected to have an advantage in the stand, seemed to fight with Brown. This strategy seemed to cede control to the Ohio native who got his own 29-28 total of the three judges.
Michael Johnson def. Edward Faaloloto by TKO (strikes), 4:42, Round 1
Lamas Ricardo def. Matt Grice by TKO (strikes), 4:41, Round 1
Carlos Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via submission (rear choke), 1:48, Round 2
Attonito Rica def. Daniel Roberts by unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joe Lauzon def. Curt Warburton via submission (kimura), 1:58, Round 1
Javier Vazquez def. Joe Stevenson by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Tyson Griffin def. Manny Gamburyan via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)
Matt Mitrione def. Christian Morecraft by KO (punches), 4:28, Round 2
Matt Brown def. John Howard by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Charlie Brenneman def. Rick Story by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Cheick Kongo def. Pat Barry by TKO (strikes), 2:39, Round 1
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