It was a bad matchup for a tentative Mirko.
He couldn't get in range for the kicks without being hit first (scary thought after Gonza residue) and he couldn't get in on the inside to let his hands go because as soon as he did Kongo would get him in that frusturating clinch where Mirko didn't utilize any knees or elbows and just absorbed the beating.
I think Mirko's gameplan was to go in their and chop Cheik down, but Kongo proved to have the same plan, longer reach, and the ability to setup faster. In between that, it was all clinch nation. No excuses from me though, Kongo looked great in that fight.
I was pretty tapped off of Morgan's during this fight, did you guys notice a couple of times where Mirko could've setup a triangle a couple of times when Kongo was on top, or am I getting this confused Matt/Bisping?
Oh and LHW thing would be great for him but I don't know if he ever would, I don't have any quotes or anything but I know he's said before he couldn't, and wouldn't drop down. I bet it's some sort of mindset that he has that being the HW best in the world, is the only best in the world (especially after the OW GP).