KNEEBAR

April 21, 2009

Cheick Kongo, we hardly knew ye

Filed under: Uncategorized — kneebar @ 11:58 am

It’s beginning to look more and more like Cheick Kongo is getting the next Heavyweight title shot after all this Lesnar/Mir drama is sorted out.  Of course, Dana has already said Kongo is a contender.   Speculation aside, let’s consider the ramifications of a Kongo title shot.  I’ll try to keep this simple:

1.  In a number 1 contender bout, I believe Shane Carwin would handle Kongo.

2.  Should Lesnar defeat Mir, then I believe Lesnar would handle Kongo.

3.  Should Mir defeat Lesnar, then Mir would likely handle Kongo.

Kongo has a great UFC record thus far, but he’s yet to face a real top tier competitor.  I can appreciate grooming him as an appropriate title contender, but nonetheless, he’s at a huge disadvantage against either of these 3 fighters.  He even came in at 232 in his last fight,  I have a hard time seeing he’s going to outgrapple either of the 3 men.  I don’t know how his technique stacks against Mir standing, and his size is a huge disadvantage against Lesnar and Carwin’s size and power.  He’d be a good person to test the newly unified champion, and setup an end of year match with Carwin, but he’s got a lot of ground to make up.

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