Frank Mir earned a spot in the headlines once again by sweeping a blood-stained octagon with Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva. The hungry Brazilian crowd brought down the roof of the arena on Feb. 22. The Mixed Martial Arts-star was expected to be part of a grueling contest, but the former champ scored an easy win against his 35-year-old opponent in the first-round.
The entire bout was full of spine-tingling moves and downright tenacious actions in front of an action-hungry Brazilian audience in Porto Alegre. The fight came to end at 1:40 in round one when former heavyweight champion Mir showed threw a lightning fast jab to destroy his opponent early in round one. A flurry of punches initiated after a left hook threw Silva off balance and on his back. Following that Mir attacked Silva with a series of skull-thumping elbows till the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Official result stats are:
Heavyweight (205-265 lbs)
Frank Mir: 16-9
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva: 18-6-1
The win was a big break for the former UFC heavyweight titleholder Frank Mir, who has been unable to win any of his bout in the last four years. His challenger Silva was also without a triumph in the ring for the past three years. Critics are considering the fight a one-sided affair because of Mir’s superbly impressive boxing ability and the fact that Silva didn’t get to do much in the ring.
Without a doubt Mir has rejuvenated his career in the UFC, once again proving himself to be one of the best heavyweight champions in UFC. His submission abilities and passion for boxing dominated his fighting style in the ring once again. Meanwhile, Silva’s stamina and strength strategy appeared to be worn out.
Mir is now expected to be on hunt for another title shot. He will face intense competition and stay on his toes during the preparation of the finale. Now let’s see who his next opponent will be and whether it is a worthier contender than Silva.