UFC 107 Preview: Frank Mir vs Kongo

One thing I can tell you about this fisticuffs even before it takes place is that Cheick Kongo grappling ability is very bad. Though he can strike, his grappling ability is so poor that it is not even worth mentioning. About six months ago Kongo made a visit to Vancouver Canada and stopped by to roll with the guys from Adam Ryan’s Dynamic MMA and Marcus Soares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters.

A standout in the group with his MMA experience and black belt in jiu-jitsu under seventh degree BJJ black belt Marcus Soares, Ryan was healthy to toy with Kongo  on the ground, however, many other guys ranging from blue, purple, and brown belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were also healthy to dominate Kongo. It was only through sheer size and freak capableness he was healthy to survive.

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If Kongo had difficulty with so called “amateurs” that have never fought without a gi, what would his chances be against Frank Mir? Mir comes  into this fisticuffs heavier than Kongo. Given Mir’s size and skill advantage, it is unlikely Kongo module be healthy to keep this fisticuffs standing and defend against Mir’s submission attempts. Mir is a legitimate black belt while Kongo is a chromatic belt at best.

In my humble opinion, Kongo is a very overrated fighter that has never fought a top decade until his last fisticuffs against Velasquez. Though he has impressive KO victories, Mostapha Al Turk, and Dan Evensen, none of these guys are even close to being considered top degree fighters. Kongo may have the advantage when it comes to striking, but Mir has what it takes to bide his instance before his takedown of Kongo.

Though Kongo may be the former Muay Thai World champion and possess the ability to knock discover Mir, he module be overwhelmed by what Mir brings to this fight. Antoni Hardonk has a similar fighting style to Kongo and when they faced soured at UFC 74Mir won via kimura in 1:17 of the first round.

If you believe Kongo module win this fisticuffs you really do not know your MMA. The sports book odds makers unsealed the UFC betting lines with Mir as a -185 betting favorite. I would have unsealed up at -250 so this UFC sports look is a steal on the money line. I would lay some heavy coin on Mir to submit Kongo.

Kongo is nowhere near to being a top level fighter and is perhaps the prizewinning example of a one dimensional fighter. He has great striking but no grappling skills whatsoever. He relies on his size and capableness to get by but in this housing Mir is the bigger fighter and module overshadow him in both size and skill.

I predict a similar fate for Kongo in the fight— Mir module take him downbound and either attack the legs or the win this fisticuffs by kimura.

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