The UFC 137 main card featured a pair of heavyweight showdowns before Saturday’s main event, as Cheick Kongo outpointed previously unbeaten Matt Mitrione and Roy Nelson sent Mirko Cro Cop into retirement with a third-round TKO.
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UFC 137 play-by-play and results for Kongo vs. Mitrione and Nelson vs. Cro Cop are below:
MATT MITRIONE VS. CHEICK KONGO:
Round 1 – Both fighters circle early with Mitrione bouncing more with his hands low. Mitrione fires a punch that Kongo parries, Kongo with a kick. Kongo fires a combo and Mitrione backs away. Mitrione attacks and swings wildly to no avail. Kongo clinches and pins Mitrione to the cage. Kongo with solid shots in the clinch. Mitrione working double overhooks now. Herb Dean splits them and we’re back in the center. Mitrione attacks wildly again but Kongo evades. Legkick from Kongo. Another legkick from Kongo that had some heat on it. Body kick from Kongo connects but Mitrione traps it and breifly takes Kongo down. Mitrione attempts another combo and Kongo easily evades again. Close round, but Kongo connected more and showed good clinch control. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Kongo.
Round 2 – Kongo with a combo that is punctuated by a leg kick. Kongo fires another combo but Mitrione clips him. Kongo backs off and the fighter’s circle. Leg kick from Kongo. Combination from Kongo followed by some wild hooks. Mitrione evades. Mitrione fires a shot that misses and then shoves Kongo to the cage with a body shot but Kongo evades without too much damage. Kongo with another leg kick. Mitrione with a nice shot. Uppercut from Mitrione and Kongo tries to slip away. Front kick from Kongo connects to the body of Mitrione but Mitrione partially blocked it. Kongo fires a hook and looks to the body but Mitrione covers the body. Outside legkick from Kongo. Mitrione stalking forward and briefly connects as Kongo ducks away. Very tough round to score. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-10.
Round 3 – Mitrione with a nice combo against the cage but Kongo punches out. Kongo lands a nice punch, follows with a shot and sloppily slams Mitrione to the mat. Mitrione recovers breifly but then gives up his back. Kongo threw some nice shots with Mitrione on the ground there. Mitrione works back to his feet and Kongo blasts Mitrione’s thighs with knees. Kongo with a nice takedown into half-guard. Kongo throwing shots now. Mitrione appears to looking for a kimura but it’s leaving him wide open for an arm triangle. Hammerfist connects flush on Mitrione. Kongo then works a nice wrestling crossface to keep Mitrione spread out. Mitrione gives up his back and the rolls to no avail. Kongo landing some good shots and begins looking for a choke as the horn ends the fight. Most decisive round of a very close fight. MMAFrenzy scores the round and the fight for Kongo (30-28).
Cheick Kongo def. Matt Mitrione via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-28, 29-28)
MIRKO CRO COP VS. ROY NELSON:
Round 1 – Nelson looks to the body early and fires a wild haymaker that misses badly. Cro Cop is timing Nelson but is telegraphing his straight left. Nelson lands a takedown but Cro Cop regains guard nicely. Nelson using the forearm to the neck in an attempt to gain control. Cro Cop traps an arm though. Nelson is loading up power shots rather than the shorts shots he needs to use. Cro Cop explodes up and we’re standing again. Cro Cop clips Nelson with a kick and punch. Nelson with nice right and Cro Cop responds with an uppercut. Nice upper cut from Cro Cop. Nice exchange as Cro Cop connects and slips Nelson’s response. Nelson is stalking forward though as Cro Cop evades and picks his shots. Great body kick from Cro Cop. Very close round. Very close round. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-10.
Round 2 – Big right hand from Nelson but Cro Cop responds and explodes on Nelson. Cro Cop connects with several brutal uppercuts but somehow Nelson survives. Nelson’s face is destroyed. Cro Cop more aggressive early but settling down now. Nelson fires a horribly off-balanced overhand right and Cro Cop evades easily. Crisp head kick from Cro Cop but Nelson defends. We’re on the cage now as Nelson is working for a single. Nelson gets him down and gets to side control. Nelson is working the Salaverry position but Cro Cop is defending. Nelson has an arm-triangle open but attacks with short shots. Cro Cop is pinned in the Salaverry position as Nelson rains down short strikes. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 Nelson (20-19)
Round 3 – Nelson lands a straight right hand that backs Cro Cop up hard. Nelson with a shot and Cro Cop defends but eats a hard shot and slips down. Nelson immediately takes his back and blasts away with shots before the referee calls a stop to the fight.
Roy Nelson def. Mirko Cro Cop via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:30