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Kongo crushes Barry, Brenneman wows hometown fans at action-packed UFC Live 4

The Octagon was back on Versus for their fourth installment of UFC Live Sunday night live from Pittsburgh at the Consol Energy Center. UFC Live 4 was headlined by a heavyweight showdown between scintillating strikers Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo with a co-feature between fast-rising welterweight Rick Story and Pennsylvania product Charlie Brenneman.

The main event did not disappoint after one of the most amazing comebacks in the sport’s recent history took place with Kongo recovering from the brink of defeat to lay Barry out flat on his back with a pair of perfectly placed and equally powerful shots. The affable Barry started out strong, rocking Kongo twice and nearly meriting a stoppage from the referee before becoming overly aggressive and eating the fight-ending strikes.

Meanwhile, Brenneman was able to overcome the shift from original opponent T.J. Grant to Story and used a solid dose of grappling to control his formidable foe. The win improved the area native’s overall record to 14-2 while stopping a six fight winning streak for Story.

Read below for a full breakdown of UFC Live 4 results including round-by-round recaps of televised action:

Michael Johnson def. Edward Faaloloto via TKO Round 1 (Punches)
Ricardo Lamas def. Matt Grice via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke) *Note: This fight will be reviewed by the commission as Oliveira landed an illegal knee, which the ref missed, that led to the finish*
Rich Attonito def. Daniel Roberts via Unanimous Decision
Joe Lauzon def. Curt Warburton via Submission Round 1 (Kimura)
Javier Vazquez def. Joe Stevenson via Unanimous Decision
Tyson Griffin def. Manny Gamburyan via Unanimous Decision

MAIN CARD:

Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft

Round One: A lot of inside leg kicks by Mitrione early and then he dropped Morecraft with a straight left but let him back up. Morecraft landed some good inside leg kicks as well but Mitrione continued to find a home for the straight left. Mitrione wobbled Morecraft with a left and then dropped him but got over-aggressive trying to finish and ended up on his back. Mitrione knocked Morecraft’s mouthpiece out with a punch as he got of his feet. The round ended with Mitrione controlling the clinch. Great round for Mitrione, who is lighting up Morecraft with the straight left. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Mitrione.

Round Two: Mitrione picking up where he left off with inside leg kicks and straight left hands. Morecraft was finally able to get the fight into the clinch and put Mitrione on his back. Morecraft couldn’t do anything and the fight was stood up. Mitrione landed a big combination that put Morecraft down and then just stepped away as the ref came in. Great finish by Mitrione.

Official Decision: Matt Mitrione def. Christian Morecraft via KO Round 2 (Punches)

Matt Brown vs. John Howard

Round One: Howard throwing a lot of hard leg kicks early. Brown landing some good combinations with his hands though and showing off solid takedown defense, fighting off the attempts of Howard. Brown landed a big knee on Howard and then tripped Howard down when he went for a kick. He jumped on top and tried a d’arce choke but Howard got out and put Brown on his back. Brown was able to get to his feet without taking any damage though. Some more good combos by Brown as the round ended. Good round for Brown, who put together good combos and looked to have Howard hurt a couple of times. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Brown.

Round Two: Howard worked very hard to get takedowns early in the round but Brown defended them and made Howard pay with short punches. Brown ended up tripping Howard to the ground and got on top. Brown landed some good short punches and defended off a couple of submissions by Howard but Howard eventually swept him with a leg lock. Brown immediately went for an omoplata off his back though and used it to ride out the round. Another good round for Brown, who stifled the takedowns of Howard and did more damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Brown.

Round Three: Howard back to throwing leg kicks. Brown ended up taking Howard down but Howard was immediately up. Howard again kept trying to pick up Brown and slam him down but Brown always stayed on his feet. Finally they broke away from the clinch, where Brown picked him apart until Howard tried another takedown. Howard got a takedown but didn’t do much with the position. He did end the round on top though. Close round but not very exciting. A slight edge to Howard because he had more control time, even if he didn’t do much damage. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Howard but the fight 29-28 for Brown.

Result: Matt Brown def. John Howard via Unanimous Decision

Charlie Brenneman vs. Rick Story

Round One: A quick scramble to start the fight. Brenneman working very hard for takedowns but Story either stuffing them or immediately popping right back up. Brenneman eventually got a takedown and passed to side control but Story quickly regained guard. Brenneman stayed active in the guard of Story with body punches but didn’t land a ton of damaging strikes. A good start for Brenneman though getting Story on his back and controlling things. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Brenneman.

Round Two: Brenneman got an early takedown but Story grabbed a guillotine. Brenneman scrambled out and they ended up on the feet. Brenneman scored with another takedown. Story never let him out of guard and landed some good heel strikes but Brenneman stayed on top and landed some good short punches. Brenneman ended up passing to side control a couple of times but Story regained guard both times. Brenneman again ended the round on top. Another good round for Brenneman. Again not much damage done but he was on top almost the entire round. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Brenneman.

Round Three: Another early takedown by Brenneman but Story looked for a kimura off his back. The ref ended up standing them up as Story was working to pull the arm out. Story landed some good strikes on the feet before Brenneman again got a takedown. Story went for a triangle but couldn’t fully lock it up. Brenneman slipped out but Story ended up on top and mounted Brenneman. Brenneman controlled the postured of Story though and then escaped when Story gave him the space. Brenneman ended up on top but Story was once again working for a submission. A good round for Story, who was constantly going for submissions but too little too late. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Story but the fight 29-28 for Brenneman.

Result: Charlie Brenneman def. Rick Story via Unanimous Decision

Patrick Barry vs. Cheick Kongo

Round One: Big leg kicks by both men early. Barry caught and dropped Kongo with a right hand and swarmed on him for the finish but Kongo somehow survived. Kongo got to his feet and as Barry continued to try to put him away, Kongo caught him with two big right hands that put Barry out cold. A crazy finish.

Result: Cheick Kongo def. Pat Barry via KO Round 1 (Punches)

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

22 COMMENTS
  • bigbadjohn says:

    KO candidate of the year by Mitrione strictly because of how smooth that walk away was after his combo landed

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  • bigbadjohn says:

    Gotta be 29 28 for the Spaniard. Don’t fail us now judges!

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  • HevyHitters says:

    Wow story, was not expecting that domination

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  • HevyHitters says:

    What would of nate done?

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Sick knockout maybe fight of the year!

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  • bigbadjohn says:

    HOLY SHITT

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  • climbarock says:

    craziest shit i’ve ever seen in the octagon.

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  • locoRover says:

    i seriously cannot believe that happened.

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  • Sykotick says:

    If that had happened in a movie everyone would have screamed “Hollywood bullshit, that would never happen in real life”

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  • Jstew3785 says:

    Crazy finish! I really thought the fight should’ve been stopped twice, but I guess I was wrong. Crushing defeat for Barry, who was clearly winning up until that point. Still shaking my head

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Kinda reminded me of when the Hulkster used to get his ass kicked for 10 minutes and then out of nowhere start doing his shake and finish his opponent off. If only Kongo could’ve sealed the deal with a big leg drop.

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  • stone says:

    These VS. cards never seem to disappoint me… Way to go Meathead & Kongo for the devistating KOs…

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    only thing that annoyed me was the pacing yet again, 7 prelims, 3 first round stoppages and we still only get to see the 4 main card fights? just wish they’d make the fucking effort to squeeze in much as possible.
    Mitrione, while i think is ridiculously over hyped, seems like a real classy guy, and i’d like to see him fight Cheick, who is ridiculously over hyped and seems like a boring fucker.

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  • elkymbo says:

    Where does Barry go now? That was a fairly epic fuck up.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Barry was robbed… yeah I said it. Many a ref would have stopped that fight and many a fighter would have backed off once a ref is that much in there space and touches them… I want a rematch.

    Cheers to Kong for the most insane comeback BUT I wanna see these guys go another round.

    Signed, Bias Hype or Die fan.

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  • climbarock says:

    Rece Rock, you’re right, the fight probably should have been stopped. That’s why the comeback KO was so epic! I truly believe Kongo was out for a good 2 seconds at one point.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Shouldve couldve wouldve the ref didnt stop the fight congo did thats what self defense is all about. Congo didnt panic and defended himself at all times. Im interestd in mitrone vs congo.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Agreed that a lot of refs would have stopped the fight when Kongo did the Stanky Leg BUT clearly the right decision was made because Kongo was able to continue at a high-enough level to finish Barry off. Flash knockouts and knockouts are different things.

    And I want to see Mitrione vs. Kongo too based purely from the standpoint that “Meathead” made it a point to not hit Morecraft after he knew he was out and said as much in his post-fight speech while Kongo cheap-shotted Barry 3-4 times after he was staring up at the lights.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Gunner, good call Kongo vs Mitrone next would be pretty good.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Hell yes he did cheap shot Barry 3 times, but I may give him a pass because I would bet money he doesnt remember any of that after Barry cleaned his clock. I really think at that point he was fighting on pure instinct and not really with it- not that he is the cleanest fighter out there.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    Kongo was out for a second on his knees but Barry woke him and well u all seen the end result. I think if Barry just let him fall when he was on knees then he would won. Refs make bad calls but this wasent one of them.

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  • mmac says:

    The ref actually patted Barry on the shoulder a few times to stop the match when Barry was on top of Kongo against the cage. That was the closest I’ve ever seen a ref almost stop a fight and pull back.

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