Kongo appeared to be out on his feet -- until he put Patrick
Barry to sleep with a short right uppercut.
In what will undoubtedly go down as one of the most improbable
comebacks in mixed martial arts history, Kongo survived nearly
being stopped and flattened Barry with one punch in the
UFC Live 4 main event on Sunday at the Consol Energy Center in
Pittsburgh. The dramatic finish came 2:39 into the opening round.
Barry lay unconscious on the mat, his right leg bent beside him,
his open eyes staring blankly into space.
“It was perfect,” Kongo said, pointing to the uppercut that ended
The two heavyweights traded heavy leg kicks from the start, with
Barry controlling the center of the cage and backing Kongo (16-6-2,
9-4-1 UFC) into the fence. He cracked the Frenchman with a sizzling
overhand right that dropped Kongo where he stood and swarmed to
finish. Referee Dan Miragliotta appeared close to stopping it and
even made brief contact with the two fighters, but he gave Kongo, a
proven 24-fight veteran, the benefit of the doubt.
With his back to the cage, a still wobbly Kongo unleashed a right
hook that knocked Barry (6-3, 3-3 UFC) off balance, planted himself
and followed it with the uppercut. Kongo trailed his unconscious
opponent to the mat and landed a few hammerfists before Miragliotta
called him off.
“I had to win this fight,” Kongo said. “I’m really happy.”
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Story was upset by “The Spaniard.”
Brenneman made himself a factor in the welterweight division
with the most important 15 minutes of work in his career.
A last-minute substitute for the suspended Nate
Marquardt, Brenneman used a heavy dose of takedowns, grappling
and scrambling to upset the world-ranked Rick Story in
the co-main event. All three judges scored it 29-28 for Brenneman,
a 30-year-old Hollidaysburg, Pa., native who has quietly won nine
of his past 10 bouts.
Brenneman (14-2, 3-1 UFC) grounded Story repeatedly, frustrating
the surging welterweight contender with a relentless pace. The AMA
Fight Club standout struck for takedowns in all three rounds and
powered out of repeated submission attempts from story, including a
second-round guillotine choke and a third-round triangle choke.
Story (13-4, 6-2 UFC) mounted Brenneman with 1:19 left in the fight
but failed to exact any damage and allowed the underdog to slip out
the back door.
The defeat snapped Story’s six-fight winning streak.
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 alum Matt Brown
halted a three-fight losing streak with a hard-fought unanimous
decision over John Howard
in a welterweight showcase. All three judges scored it 29-28 for
Brown, who won for the first time in almost two years.
Howard scored effectively with low kicks but found himself largely
outgunned on the feet. Brown (12-10, 5-4 UFC) wobbled him during a
stout first-round exchange, punctuating a nice combination with a
grazing head kick. Howard backpedaled in the face of superior
firepower and abandoned a standup fight in favor of clinches and
takedowns. However, Brown resisted his advances, and Howard
expended valuable energy in a series of failed attempts to get the
fight on the ground.
Brown scored with a trip takedown early in round two, landed in
half guard and worked effectively from top position. Howard (14-7,
4-3 UFC) transitioned to a leg lock and swept into top position,
only to be stonewalled and neutralized with an omoplata from his
grounded opponent. The two welterweights traded takedowns in a
largely uneventful third round, and Brown avoided Howard’s late bid
for a kimura.
Unbeaten and improving “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 alum
Mitrione blasted through the 6-foot-6, 261-pound Christian
Morecraft and scored a decisive second-round knockout in a
featured heavyweight matchup. Undone by a beautiful three-punch
combination, Morecraft met his end 4:28 into round two.
Morecraft (7-2, 1-2 UFC) had no answer for the hand speed and power
his opponent brought to bear. Straight left hands, set up by wicked
inside leg kicks, were at the heart of Mitrione’s attack. He put
Morecraft on the canvas twice in the first round and nearly
finished it through a series of power shots with less than a minute
to go in the period.
As round two dawned, Morecraft was a spent force. Mitrione (5-0,
5-0 UFC) picked his spots and weathered two takedowns from his
fading foe. A picture-perfect combination -- a right hook followed
by a straight left hand and a straight right -- sent Morecraft’s
mouthpiece flying and left the Team Bombsquad representative
staring at the lights.