UFC 149 Round-by-Round Review: Shawn Jordan vs. Cheick Kongo

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Shawn Jordan vs. Cheick Kongo

Heavyweights Shawn Jordan (13-3), a former LSU football player, and Cheick Kongo (27-2-2) are up next. Jordan was part of two national championship teams in college. The referee will be Yves Lavigne.

Round 1: Kongo using his reach advantage already, keeping Jordan outside the Octagon. Kongo comes in, and Jordan ties him up, pushing him against the cage. Jordan drops down, but is unable to get the takedown. Jordan continuing to hold Kongo against the cage, which offsets the reach, but Kongo slips out and takes the back of Jordan. Kongo got caught with a low blow, and the ref is allowing him time to gather himself. Jordan's elbow caught Kongo right in the mangos. Kongo comes out, firing a quick strike. Kongo fires in, landing a nice combo. Jordan tries for the takedown, but can't get it and Kongo ends the round with a knee to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kongo

Round 2: Kongo with a big right and a knee to the face, pushing Jordan up against the cage. Jordan seems annoyed by the fight and frustrated. Jordan fires off a big strike, but misses and Kongo forces him up against the cage again. Kongo with several nice knees, and Jordan gets away on a takedown attempt by Kongo. Big right by Kongo connects, and he takes the back of Jordan for a brief moment. Kongo drops but can't get the takedown, and Jordan turns it around. Kongo slips to the back again, but isn't really able to do much damage, Kongo finally gets Jordan to the ground, but gets too high and Jordan winds up on top of him with just under a minute to go. Jordan looks to pass with 20 seconds left in the round, and Jordan finally lands a couple of strikes. Nice quick uppercut by Jordan as the round comes to an end.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kongo

Round 3: The two exchange several big blows, and Kongo lands a big knee. Jordan now has Kongo up against the fence, but Kongo reverses things and the crowd starts to boo due to the lack of activity by either fighter. Knee to the body by Kongo, and they separate off the fence. Kongo with a left to the chin. Jordan now has Kongo up against the fence, where the majority of the fight has taken place. Jordan tries to fire off a left, but Kongo's too close and it has no real impact. Just over two minutes to go, and Jordan fires off a series of uppercuts. Kongo goes back to controlling Jordan, landing a knee against the fence. Knees to the body by Kongo, as he takes the back of Jordan. Kongo spins back and pushes Jordan up against the fence yet again. A minute to go in what has been a very lackluster battle between these two heavyweights.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Kongo

Cheick Kongo def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-27)

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