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UFC 169: Frank Mir Vs. Alistair Overeem

UFC 169: Frank Mir Vs. Alistair Overeem

Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem

Our next bout features two men who are familiar with being in the main event role, as former champions Frank Mir (16-8) and Alistair Overeem (36-13) collide.

Mir has dropped three in a row, including two knockout losses to Junior dos Santos and Josh Barnett. The former UFC champion is 14-8 in 22 Octagon appearances.

Overeem is on a similar slide, having lost back-to-back fights vs. Travis Browne and Antonio Silva. Both times, the ex-Strikeforce champ was in control, only to lose the contest by knockout.

Round 1: Both men seemed emotional coming to the Octagon, and they touch gloves to start. Overeem with some nice shots to the body, and Mir responds by touching his chin. Overeem catches him and has him against the fence, landing a nice knee. Overhand left knocks Mir off his feet for a brief moment. They tie up and a knee to the body hurts Mir, who is going down. Overeem lands again and pounces, catching Mir on his back and delivering several elbows. He has Mir’s arm trapped behind his head and unloads. Mir trying to get his arm back to defend himself but Overeem is teeing off now. Big knee to the chest and another to the body. Mir gets to his feet and the crowd greets him. Incredible that he survived, and maybe he should have been let go longer vs. Josh Barnett last year. Mir is up, but his face looks worse for wear. Overeem appears to have learned from his mistakes, as he is not tired or breathing heavily. Mir drops down for a leg lock and winds up with Overeem on top of him as we go under a minute. Overeem landing with big rights to the face.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Overeem

Round 2: Mir may have slipped early, and Overeem avoided going in and getting caught. Mir, though, fires off after Overeem and gets him down, looking for a potential guillotine. Overeem falls, but Mir grabs the head again and cranks. He gets out of position and Overeem reverses to the top position, landing some elbows for good measure. Mir’s face is a bloody mess, especially from the right eye area. Vicious elbow gets through to Mir’s face as we approach the minute mark in the round. Mir tried to role into something, but Overeem noticed and just stood up.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Overeem

Round 3: Mir comes out striking, but Overeem just backs away and re-positions. He drops down again into guard with four minutes to go. Mir’s got to catch an arm, leg or neck here, and Overeem knows that, standing up and moving away. Mir drops down again and eats a stiff jab for that decision, with Overeem moving to half-guard. Smart, efficient fight for Overeem, who is up 120-9 in ground total strikes and 111-3 in ground strikes; just incredible numbers. Overeem’s had enough of the ground-and-pound, standing up and walking away to let Mir get up. We have a minute left and Mir’s face is a crimson mask.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Overeem

Alistair Overeem def. Frank Mir via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)