UFC on Versus 4: Cheick Kongo delivers KO of the Year candidate against Pat Barry

Octagon veteran Cheick Kongo came from behind against Pat Barry to deliver one of the most spectacular finishes in the history of Mixed Martial Arts.

Barry was in control during the first minutes of the fight, thanks to powerful kicks and good distance – timing management. Kongo responded with leg strikes of his own, but was unable to get in control against Barry. Towards the middle of Round 1, Pat Barry connected with a perfect combination that knocked down Cheick Kongo, but the referee Dan Miragliotta refused to stop the fight. Kongo managed to defend the attack, but found himself knocked down again after series of strikes from Pat Barry, and again Miragliotta let the fight continue.

Then, the unexpected happened. Cheick Kongo connected with right hook directly on Pat Barry’s ear. “HD” went off balance, as Kongo followed with a vicious uppercut that sent his opponent motionless down to the canvas. This time Dan Miraglitta stepped in to stop the action, in what was cleary one of the most spectacular and unexpected finishes in MMA history. Pat Barry was out cold, and needed a few good minutes to get back into our universe.

Cheick Kongo won KO of the Night an improved his MMA record to 16-6-2. What’s next for the Frenchman? Matt Mitrione, Travis Browne and Shane Carwin all look like an interesting options.

Photo: Francis Specker


  1. Avatar of Vergina


    June 27, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Fap worthy

  2. Avatar of bananaboy


    June 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

    ko of the year !!

  3. Avatar of BigNog22


    June 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Holy Shit is the word for this fight.

  4. Avatar of Ninja


    June 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Comeback of the Year for sure but KO of the Year still is Silva/Belfort imo but still Kongo KO was crazy to watch

  5. Avatar of Ultimatextreme


    June 27, 2011 at 7:52 am

    KO/Comback of the FKN MMA HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Avatar of UnderdogGreatness


    June 27, 2011 at 7:52 am

    That was a beautiful comeback

  7. Avatar of AJY


    June 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Gawd Damn! Kongo!!

  8. Avatar of moots


    June 27, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Kongo vs. Carwin or Mitrione next I hope. Barry vs. Morecraft?

  9. Avatar of apocalypse123


    June 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

    The minute I saw Kongo drop, I thought he was out. He dropped again and I thought he was out for sure. He got up and Barry went after him and I thought this has got to be the end.

    And then I saw Kongo drop Barry, I was stunned. A very brutal ending. I never expected that. I still wish it had been Marquardt vs. Johnson but god damn did that main event deliver.

  10. Avatar of doomsdayapex


    June 27, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Wow…. I’m speechless.

    Barry had that fight, Kongo was badly rocked.

    Damn! Kongo has some serious knock out power. Sweet Zombie Jesus!

  11. Avatar of WeedLoveMMA


    June 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

    KO of the year Comeback of the century. I think thats the first time ive ever squelled like a scool girl in a fight. Legend …dary

  12. Avatar of Rigo


    June 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Amazing! Kongo got Knockdown twice! and he got KO during the fight!
    wake up somehow manage to stand up and KO Barry!!!
    Cheick the Zombie Kongo!
    Amazing comeback!!!!!!!!!

  13. Avatar of Ultimatextreme


    June 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

    judgings from the situation that was the Ko of MMa history. Specialy because they were heavy weights and Barry landed some huge shots after he droped him the first time.

    You guys have no idea what it takes to actually swing and hit someone when you are hurt. Its like going from being silver to being ultra smashed drunk in seconds. Amazing!!!

  14. Avatar of JaaaacKo5


    June 27, 2011 at 8:51 am

    nah duh genius ^

  15. Avatar of Kevin


    June 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Great toe to toe tilt, that is how a fight should be reffed.

    Both guys are studs in the UFC regardless of who won

  16. Avatar of dudenicecock


    June 27, 2011 at 10:16 am

    that was so exciting! but still im a little dissapointed, barry is one of my favorite fighters and he virtually had that fight on lock. he looked great before the KO, his hands were as fast as ever and he obviously had some nice timing. but i guess that what makes this sport so exciting, yolu never know whats gonna happen.

  17. Avatar of Jaypak


    June 27, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I still say Matt Hughes vs Frank Trigg 2 is still best comeback in mma history, but it is definitely up there.

  18. Avatar of Courtes


    June 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    i cam imagene barry feels robbed by himself, lol

  19. Avatar of en09si


    June 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Surely Kongo’s nickname must be ‘The Zombie’ now

  20. Avatar of MMAW


    June 27, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    hats off to Kongo, i had Barry to win this fight

  21. Avatar of odesahitman


    June 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Kongo looked out, fighters instince and a mindset which is used to being pushed beyond its physical limits is what provided him the opportunity to connect. I think it was Jack Dempsey who said that a Champion gets up even when he can’t. I don’t believe Kongo has what it takes to be champion but he has obviously earned his place within the upper ranks.

    Would love to see how Matt Mitrione handles the challenge of Kongo.

  22. Avatar of Keyboard Contender

    Keyboard Contender

    June 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    havent seen a comeback like that since Mike russos Ko of Todd Duffee

  23. Avatar of MMAW


    June 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    There’s that statistic that Kongo has one of the most highest strike percentages in accuracy in the UFC. That accuracy is what won him the fight. perfect and on point with those 2 strikes.

  24. Avatar of MMAW


    June 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    i saw that one live at the MGM. myself and everyone around me just stood up in aww. most memorable moment of 114

  25. Avatar of Loboplomo


    June 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    beautiful comeback goddamn!

  26. Avatar of Nik_Hulstein


    June 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    my adrenaline was so high when i saw that

  27. Avatar of Ultimatextreme


    June 28, 2011 at 12:28 am


  28. Avatar of kevinowns


    June 28, 2011 at 1:37 am

    haha yeahhh

  29. Avatar of MAMBA24ILL


    June 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Kongo-Mir II. j/k

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