Kongo-Nog in Dec for top contender spot

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    Kongo-Nog in Dec for top contender spot


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    Heavyweight contenders Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cheick Kongo will square off Saturday, Dec. 29 at UFC 79 in Las Vegas, Nev. The winner will likely emerge as a frontrunner to become the next challenger to UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture’s throne.

    Nogueira (30-4-1, 1-0 UFC), one of the world’s most respected heavyweights, has never been stopped in 35 professional bouts. Two of his losses came at the hands of PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko; the other two were by split decision to Dan Henderson and Josh Barnett.

    The 31-year-old Brazilian defeated Heath Herring by unanimous decision in his promotional debut at UFC 73 in July, though Herring nearly ruined his night with a first-round head kick. Nogueira has won six of his last seven fights.

    Kongo, meanwhile, will enter the fight on the heels of the most important win of his career, a unanimous decision victory over former PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix Champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 75 in September. The French kickboxer is 6-1 over his past seven fights, the lone loss a split decision defeat to Carmelo Marrero at UFC 64 last October.

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    This should be a great matchup for Nog given Cheicks limited/newly added ground skills.
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    horrible matchup of kongo. he has no ground game ot speak of. Nog by armbar rd 1. I do have to say a Couture/Nog matchup could be a lot of fun to watch
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    Nog will destroy Kongo. There will absolutely be NO upset in this match.
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    The perfect way to cap off this ****ed up year in MMA, is for Kongo to blast Nog with a knee as Nog goes for the takedown, KOing Nog and ending the year the way it's consistently gone, with upsets. That said, Nog by Armbar.
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    Nog by choke
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    Since this is the year of the upsets, Kongo by KO round 1.

    Wandy versus a Baby. Baby by KO, round 1.
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    Nog by omaplata or anaconda. You heard it here first!
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    Ballsy call, Beo, predicting such an uncharacteristic method of victory for this fighter, impressive.

    If I were the UFC matchmaker, I would match Kongo versus Arlovski, Nog versus Gonzaga, and then pick the best performer of these two fights , and Vera_Sylvia, to be the next contender.
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    Kongo's not really a top contender in my book. You have to have more if a ground game to be a force in mma these days. It's not like he even has that good of a sprawl.

    Randy would absolutely own Kongo. Nog-Randy should be great.
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    Haha, like everyone else has said, Nog will absolutely win this fight. Nog is a no bull**** fighter, he's tough and consistent and his skill set will let him eat Kongo alive. He will box Kongo until it ends up in a clinch, from there it will go to the ground, at which point I give it about 2 minutes tops. I agree, arm bar for sure...

    Randy vs Nog will be an awesome fight, I think randy has the skill set to take it though... It'll probably end up looking a lot like the Nog/Ricco Rodriguez fight, except the decision will go where it's supposed to this time.
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    Nog's gotta take this one. CroCop was taking it to Kongo on the ground for crying out loud. I don't think Nog should want any part of Kongo's standup kicks though. He should take him down and sub him quickly...and I think he will.
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