UFC 149: What We Learned from Cheick Kongo vs. Shawn Jordan
Well, let's just say that was not a Fight of the Night contender.
It was expected that Kongo and Jordan would stand and bang, but they ended up spending the majority of the fight in the clinch, with neither man doing much damage. It was odd to see that from Kongo, who had the clear advantage striking and was even counseled by his corner to avoid grappling.
I always try to see the good in every fight and appreciate the fighters' talent, but this really was a snoozer.
At any rate, it was a good enough win for Kongo who needed to get back on track after a devastating KO loss to Mark Hunt.
What we'll remember about this fight:
I don't even know—nothing if we're lucky.
I guess the most memorable moment of the fight was probably Jordan hitting Kongo with a back elbow to the groin when they were clinched.
What we learned about Cheick Kongo:
He's still not an elite heavyweight.
Kongo talks about still wanting to make it to a title shot even at 37 years old, but if he wants to move up the ladder, he needs to look impressive—especially against a low-level guy like Jordan.
What we learned about Jordan:
He wasn't ready for a fighter like Kongo, and he might be better suited for light heavyweight.
Jordan looked much smaller than Kongo and had some noticeable flab around his frame.
What's next for Kongo:
Set up the fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira who was originally scheduled for this event.
What's next for Jordan:
Maybe Dave Herman or Rob Broughton.
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