UFC 144 results: Mark Hunt knocks out Cheick Kongo in the first round

Pictured: Mark Hunt.

The heavy hitting heavyweights were heaving their way through some action tonight (Sat., Feb. 25, 2012) in Japan, as Cheick Kongo and Mark Hunt met in the center of the cage to exchange punches at the UFC 144: "Edgar vs. Henderson" event at the Saitama Super Arena.

This fight reeked of matchmaking designed to give fans at the arena two big men to gawk at while they tried to take each other's heads off. And when it comes to Kongo and Hunt, two kickboxers with big power and solid chins, that's exactly what UFC was promising.

And that's exactly what was delivered, as Hunt blasted his way past Kongo via knockout in the very first round. Hard as it may be to believe, Mark Hunt has won three fights in a row in the UFC. It's 2012 and "The Super Samoan" is still knocking fools out.

Pride never die and all that.

Sadly, the first action of the fight was a failed low kick from Hunt that had him off balance enough to send him ass over tin cups. Kongo tried to rush him but couldn't get close enough to do any damage.

They exchanged shots until Hunt landed a strong right hand that sent the big Frenchman to the floor. Hunt let him back up to continue on and after seeing the way he exploded with a few more shots to knock him out, he may have just been wanting to have some more fun.

It was certainly fun to watch.

Remember, too, to check out our ongoing live coverage of the UFC 144 main card action by clicking here.

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