UFC 144 Fight Card: What Has to go Right for a Cheick Kongo Victory

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIFebruary 25, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Cheick Kongo holds the Comeback of the Year award for his win against Pat Barry at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The UFC will be making its long awaited return to Japan for UFC 144

Featured on the four-hour main card will be a heavyweight battle between Mark Hunt and Cheick Kongo

Since Kongo has been in the UFC in 2006, he has teetered between possible title contender and gatekeeper. 

Kongo has been on a roll lately, going 3-0-1 in his last four fights. A win over Hunt will be Kongo's third straight, and could put him in title contention. 

For that to happen for Kongo, however, he will have to remain tactical and technical versus Hunt. 

Although Kongo has a great kick-boxing background, Hunt has a K-1 background of his own. Hunt is a slugger and has one-punch knockout power.

Kongo has knockout power as well, and in his fight with Pat Barry, proved he had a great chin of his own. 

Kongo will have a big height and reach advantage in this fight, and the French heavyweight will have to use this to his advantage and not let Hunt get on the inside.

Getting a knockout over Hunt will be easier said than done though. 

But as long as Kongo remains technical and picks his shots intelligently, he could very well tire Hunt out and pick up a decision victory.