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Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo Set for UFC 137 Showdown

Matt MitrioneAnother heavyweight bout has been added to the UFC 137 fight card as strikers Matt Mitrione (5-0) and Cheick Kongo (16-6-2) have agreed to meet at the October 29 event in Las Vegas.

The fight was first reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN, with the UFC confirming the matchup via Twitter shortly after.

Mitrione is a former NFL defensive lineman who burst onto the MMA scene as part of the cast of the tenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”  All five of his wins have come in the UFC, with his most recent coming with a second-round knockout of Christian Morecraft at UFC on Versus 4 last month.

Kongo appeared on the same card and knocked out Mitrione’s teammate Pat Barry in dramatic fashion in the night’s main event.  Kongo, a mainstay in the UFC’s heavyweight division, has put together a 9-4-1 record in Octagon competition, with wins over the likes of Mirko CroCop, Paul Buentello, and Antoni Hardonk during his UFC tenure.

It is not known whether this fight will be a part of the pay-per-view broadcast or a likely preliminary card special on Spike.

UFC 137 is headlined by a welterweight title bout between Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz and also features heavyweights Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson.

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