Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir made it three in a row over the weekend and added another gruesome, bone-crunching submission victory to his highlight reel in the process.
Mir rematched fellow heavyweight submissions expert Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the co-main event of UFC 140 and rallied back from the brink of defeat to capture victory and become the first man to submit Big Nog. Mir was rocked early and looked to be down for the count, but he regained his wits, avoided a guillotine and slapped on a kimura that – after a brief but intense battle for positioning – badly broke Nogueira’s right arm. The fight was scintillating and the finish was memorable, if not a bit unsettling to watch, and improved Mir’s stock in the heavyweight division considerably.
“Well, right now, I don’t know how many other heavyweights have three wins in a row against some notable opponents with names,” Mir said following the bout. “As far as tonight, I think I came out feeling a little too much, trying to look for what Nogueira was going to do and see what his game plan was, being too reactionary. When he caught me with the right hand, at that point then it turned into a war. I just started grinding around and moving, and he tried to go jiu-jitsu move for jiu-jitsu move with me. The guys I train with are pretty good… When I locked up Nogueira, I had a strong inclination that he was not going to tap. So, I took a deep breath and – you guys saw what happened.”
As UFC 140 played out in Canada, rumors sprang up that Alistair Overeem would be unable to compete against Brock Lesnar later this month to determine the number one heavyweight contender due to some issue with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Should the rumors prove true and Mir’s old rival Brock Lesnar finds himself without an opponent for their December 30 showdown, Mir said that he’d happily step in Overeem’s place.
“If the rumors that you’re hearing happen to come true, I wouldn’t mind having to step in for Overeem and taking on Brock,” said Mir. “I’m pretty healthy and three weeks isn’t bad turnaround. I only fought a three-minute fight, so I’m feeling pretty good. My wife might not be happy about Christmas but, eh, she can deal with it.”
UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida went down from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. For a full recap and results of the event, click here.