Thursday, January 20, 2022

UFC 97 Results: Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk

From Sherdog.com:

Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk
Round 1
Kongo throws a low kick that is checked clean. Hardonk fires a low kick of his own and it crushes its target. With his back to the fence, Kongo lands a right hook on the temple that backs up his opponent. Hardonk goes back to the leg with a low kick as Kongo rushes forward with a punching flurry. The confidence in Kongo grows as he steps forward with his right hand with more frequency. Kongo backs his opponent up to the cage, where he bends down for a double-leg takedown. Kongo fails on the first attempt but lifts Hardonk cleanly into the air on his second try. Working from his opponent’s closed guard, Kongo throws short right hand and mixes in a crossface. Elbows rain down in the final five seconds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kongo.
TJ De Santis scores the round 10-9 Kongo.
Mike Fridley scores the round 10-9 Kongo.

Round 2
Kongo strikes the chest with his right hand and catches a body-kick attempt from Hardonk. Kongo pushes his off-balanced foe to the floor and starts to work from the guard. Kongo elbows the left side of Hardonk’s ribs and opens up a small cut near the left eye. Kongo targets the wound with five consecutive hammerfists. Kongo can smell the end as he starts teeing off. Hardonk covers to avoid punishment as Kongo swarms with his right hand. Referee Yves Lavigne steps in to save Hardonk at 2:29 of the second round.

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