Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo: it's the fight many fans were asking for after both knocked out their respective opponents at UFC Live on Versus 4 last month. And, as ESPN first reported on Thursday evening, they will get to see it, as the heavyweights have agreed to meet at UFC 137 on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.
Mitrione (5-0) knocked out Christian Morecraft in Pittsburgh, while Kongo (16-6-2) pulled off one of the great comebacks in UFC history when he knocked out Pat Barry in the first round.
"I think his last couple performances have been a bit lackluster," Mitrione told NBCSports.com, "but you know, he had a back problem. He had some pretty serious issues going on, and he finally had surgery and got it fixed and said he felt a lot better.
"You could really tell in that Pat Barry fight, even though it didn't take very long, Cheick was bouncing on his feet, real light on his toes, had some good movement, felt real comfortable at rolling his hips in some punches and some kicks. I mean, it looked good. So I know that Cheick is healthy, I know Cheick is game, and I know that he'll come out ready to earn his money."
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