UFC on Versus 4 Recap: Comeback KO-ngo and Brenneman’s Story

Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry:

This fight was originally supposed to be the co-main event of the evening but was promoted to the main event. Many fans were expecting a K-1 kickboxing match but with MMA gloves and that was exactly what happened. There were moments when you thought the fight was going to end and Pat Barry would have his hand raised in victory, but it turned into one of the greatest comebacks in MMA history. When Cheick Kongo seemed to be down and out after being rocked by Barry, he comes back with a well-timed Hail Mary uppercut that sent “HD” to the canvas. I expect this highlight to be talked about for years to come; you’ll most likely see it in many sports shows, and Youtube highlight reels.

Questions & thoughts after seeing Cheik Kongo vs. Pat Barry:

-How does Cheick Kongo vs. Shane Carwin sound to you?

-Personally, I think Pat should roll around with more accomplished grapplers to add another weapon to his arsenal. He can’t rely solely on his striking or else he won’t have a job in the UFC much longer with another loss. If he loves to strike it out so much, he should really consider going back to pure stand up.

Charlie Brenneman vs. Rick Story:

There was a brief moment when fans and critics thought the sky was falling when Nate Marquardt had to pull out of the main event for UFC on Versus 4. One of the sports’ most talented middleweights was supposed to make his welterweight debut against Rick Story. But due to failing his pre-fight medical for a currently undisclosed reason he had to pull out of the fight. To replace Nate the Great the promotion chose Charlie Brenneman, a name relatively unknown to casual fans. Rick “The Horror” Story was now the heavy favorite going into this bout and riding the momentum of a six fight winning streak.

This last minute bout was supposed to be a speed bump in the career of Rick Story, but Brenneman took full advantage of a fight he wasn’t supposed to win. Brenneman was able to use his wrestling background, take the fight to the ground and control Rick Story for majority of the bout. For nearly the whole fight it was all Charlie Brenneman putting on a wrestling clinic. There were moments when Rick Story had Charlie in a few dangerous positions submission wise, but at the end of the night Brenneman controlled his way to unanimous decision victory.

Questions after seeing Charlie Brenneman vs. Rick Story:

-Is it too early to say Charlie Brenneman is a forced to be reckoned with in the welterweight division?

-Who does Rick Story have to fight to get back on track in the title picture?

-To truly legitimize his position in the welterweight rankings who should Brenneman be tested against?

More notes & questions from UFC on Versus 4:

-Why was John Howard trying to out grapple Matt Brown?

-Matt Mitrione seems to get better and better with every fight. Maybe he should test himself against a ground wizard like John Olav Einemo and go from there.

-Is it just me or was the refereeing from this event some of the worst ever seen in recent memory?

Lowkick.com UFC on Versus 4 Main Card Awards:

Fight of the Night – I’d give the honors to Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo. It was a back and forth affair that ended quickly in dramatic fashion that had the fans on their feet the whole time.

Performance of the Night – Charlie Brenneman put on the performance of his career being a last minute replacement, beating Rick Story, and doing it in his hometown.

Finish of the Night – Without question, fans won’t be forgetting anytime soon Cheick Kongo’s Hail Mary uppercut.           

Disapointment of the Night – Rick Story didn’t look good as he did in his previous bouts and now his six fight win streak has come to an end.

Notable mention – Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira for their back and forth battle on the Facebook portion of the card.

Photo: The Fight Nerd


16 Comments

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    Joey Santosus

    June 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Barry claimed to have been improved in his grappling heading into this fight… Its hard to say if he was tho, because the fight was obviously over so quickly. He did look for a takedown early on, but he didn’t really commit to it.

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    Jaypak

    June 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Or he could have said that to use as bait for Kongo and making him less effective on the stand-up.
    If that is the case then it definitely worked and caught Kongo with a nice barrage until he got hit by lucky punch.

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    Jaypak

    June 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

    That was an awesome fight!!! I think Kongo was unconscious when he hit PB with that punch.

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    KeithFarrell

    June 27, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Great recap thanks uploader, I was look for these after the event

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    odesahitman

    June 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I think that Rick Story may have been able to significantly weaken or submit Charlie if the ref hadn’t have brought the fight back to their feet. I believe you allude to this in your commentary.

    I agree with your overview.

    Thanks

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    japanegro23

    June 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I don’t think all the refereeing was bad but yes that new guy was horrible. He stood up Morecraft a little early. He would have lost anyways but I thought it was way early still and of course the Story stand up was ridiculous.

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    griffin

    June 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    that Ref was a moron! he stands story up as hes working and getting close to getting a kimura on brenneman then he starts yelling at brenneman “work or ill stand you up” He layed on him for 2 minutes and didnt get stood up! **** the PA commision and their refs

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    duder113

    June 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    mitrione vs herman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    dudenicecock

    June 27, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    take a breath

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    MAMBA24ILL

    June 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    But i thought Pat said he was top of the food chain in HW strikers.

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    duder113

    June 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    and then you consider they’re supposed to strike back..

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    apocalypse123

    June 28, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I’m a big fan of Charlie Brenneman after seeing his performance last night. But to be honest, it would have been a completely different outcome if Rick had been prepared.

    Nonetheless, Charlie won. And Kongo got KO of the year.

    I enjoyed Kongo, and now I’m a big fan. It takes a lot of heart to get almost knocked out 3 times like that and come back with a vicious KO. Same thing for Brenneman. It takes balls to go in there against one of the most dangerous guys in the division on such short notice and beat him.

    Props to both those guys. Can’t wait to see them fight again.

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    Bucky Power

    June 28, 2011 at 1:39 am

    You snooze you lose

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    MrMrMrTwister

    June 28, 2011 at 3:56 am

    How i hate when some garbage fighters, start landing shots, when the apponent is obviously out… this makes me sick

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    EnsonInoue

    June 28, 2011 at 5:02 am

    wtf are u kiddin ur argument makes no sense
    why would they cut either of them. especially mitrione when he hasnt lost.

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    kevinowns

    June 30, 2011 at 12:04 am

    kongos has always been a good fighter…

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