On today 9 years in the past, a heavyweight struggle would happen in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that might go on to function one of many biggest comebacks in UFC historical past.
June 26th, 2011: Cheick Kongo knocks out Pat Barry in gorgeous comeback
The cardboard was UFC on Versus Four and it was initially purported to be headlined by a welterweight struggle between Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt. With Johnson pulling out attributable to an harm and Marquardt eliminated attributable to failed medicals, Kongo vs Barry was bumped as much as headline the occasion as a substitute. It was a first-ever time in a UFC headlining spot for each males.
Kongo entered the struggle on the again of a draw towards Travis Browne, while Barry had lately received a call towards Joey Beltran. Neither man was closely favoured within the struggle, with each being former kickboxers who possessed nice knockout energy on the toes.
After a feeling-out course of midway by the primary spherical, Barry would slip a jab from Kongo to land an enormous overhand proper behind the ear. Kongo’s legs went out as he crashed to the canvas, and as Barry adopted as much as end the present referee Dan Miragliotta had his fingers on “HD” milliseconds away from stopping the struggle.
Someway Kongo made it again to his toes, however a proper hand from Barry put him down but once more. Barry tried desperately to do what he couldn’t first time round, end Kongo together with his observe up pictures, however he couldn’t. Again to his toes once more, Kongo took a number of steps again and as Barry walked in the direction of him together with his fingers down, Kongo planted his toes and unleashed two proper fingers that turned Barry’s lights out.
“That is without doubt one of the craziest stoppages I’ve ever seen!” mentioned Joe Rogan in utter shock on the comeback from Kongo. Barry was nonetheless unconscious on the canvas together with his eyes rolled to the again of his head as Kongo walked across the octagon together with his hand proudly within the air.
Rightfully being awarded Knockout of the Night time, Kongo would go on to struggle 4 extra instances for the UFC earlier than signing with Bellator. In the meantime, Barry went 2-Four within the UFC after the loss after which had a short-lived return to kickboxing.