At UFC 92 back in 2008, Frank Mir became the first man to knock out mixed martial arts legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Tonight at UFC 140, he became the first to submit the Brazilian jiu jitsu master.
Mir and Nogueira met tonight in a rematch, with Nogueira looking to prove that the first win was a result of a staph infection and Mir that it wasn’t a fluke. Right off the bat, it was clear that their rematch would look differently than their first battle, as Big Nog started giving Mir trouble on the feet and thwarted his attempts to do work on the ground. After putting his hands and knees on Mir against the cage, Big Nog put the former UFC heavyweight champ on queer street with a hard punch.
Smelling blood, Big Nog went after Mir, slapping on a tight guillotine that looked like it would be the fight ender. Showing championship heart and veteran’s savvy though, Mir fought through the choke and rolled for a kimura himself. Nogueira defended, but Mir pushed through, intent on completing the hold whether Nogueira tapped or not. The proud Brazilian chose the latter – at least until his shoulder was gruesomely broken – and the fight ended by adding another arm-breaking submission to Mir’s highlight reel.
Of course, it was hard to watch Big Nog suffer such an injury and one wonders whether or not the legendary fighter will attempt to return to the cage considering the mounting abuse on his body.
In victory, Mir improved to 16-5 overall and built a three-fight winning streak.
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