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Cheick Kongo's Knockout of the Night bonus was not not only given to the best knockout of that particular event, but to, perhaps, the most unbelievable knockout the UFC has ever seen.
Cheick Kongo has long been thought of as a heavyweight gatekeeper—a fairly inconsistent fighter who was just never able to perform against the top guys in the division.
He put together a three fight win streak, finishing Dan Evensen, Mostapha Al Turk, and Antoni Hardonk until losing two fights to Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir. A beatdown of Paul Buentello looked to be getting him back on track, but then he followed that performance with a draw against Travis Browne.
The striking exchange to start the bout was rather technical. Barry shot in for a takedown, but the fight remained standing. Kongo landed several solid leg kicks, but it was Barry who was controlling the Octagon and doing an excellent job of cutting of the cage. It was just 2:14 into the bout when Barry landed a right hand that dropped Kongo. The following barrage of punches seemed to put Kongo out, nearly causing Dan Miragliotta to stop the fight.
Kongo prevailed, however, getting up to his feet before being dropped a second time almost immediately. Barry swarmed him, continuing to land shot after shot to the head of his opponent. Still, Kongo managed to get up again, backing up on wobbly legs. Barry, clearly aware of the damage he had done, walked in with his hands down. Kongo landed a right hook, followed quickly by a right uppercut that put "HD" to sleep.
His Knockout of the Night is, surprisingly, his first bonus in his UFC career which has spanned 14 fights.