Was it really that bad?
Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir completely dominated “Big Country” Roy Nelson last night in the co-main event of UFC 130, utilizing his clear strength advantage, varied striking offense and improved takedowns to earn a unanimous decision victory. Nelson fought hard, even breaking Mir’s jaw and a rib or two over their three round battle, but he did look to be out of his depth and slightly out of shape (well, he always looks to be out of shape, but this time he was clearly gassed out) in the contest.
The bout certainly didn’t deserve Fight of the Night honors, but it wasn’t a complete snoozefest (á la Mir-Cro Cop at UFC 119) — regardless, UFC president Dana White was less than thrilled with their co-main bout and he explained why to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani.
“To be honest with you, I was disappointed in both of their performances,” said White. “It always sounds like I’m being critical of Mir, which I’m critical of Mir when he’s in the main event or co-main event. I thought Big Country looked terrible tonight. He sat up here talking about he got out-wrestled, he looked terrible tonight. He needs to make some serious career decisions. People talk about him making 205 — listen, that would be a huge life change and a tough thing for him to do, how about 240? Let’s make 240, Roy. The fat thing was funny for awhile, it’s not funny anymore. It’s not funny when you’re the co-main event in a big fight like that and the fight looks the way that it did tonight.
“But even Frank Mir, a guy that’s in shape and a big, good looking 260, gassed out and looked tired tonight too. Both these guys go back to the corner and got their hands on their knees…”
Looks like Mir will have to put some more work in and have a better showing next time out if he wants to be considered a legitimate contender to Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight strap. As for Big Country, whether or not he heeds the boss’ advice and reworks his body, he’ll need to pick up a win next time out or risk getting handed a pink slip, as he has now gone 0-2 in his last two fights.