EX-UFC KING FRANK MIR KO’S GIANT SILVA
FRANCISCO SANTOS MIR, III IS BACK
San Francisco, CA– When it comes to former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, it’s quite obvious after his one-punch knockout of Giant Silva, Sunday night that you, “Can teach an old dog new tricks.”
MIR IS A BLAST TO BE AROUND!
One of the great personalities in sports, Mir, a Las Vegas resident put himself back in the UFC top ten by halting the 3-1 favorite Silva in 1:43 before a sold out crowd of Brazilians who were so quiet after the TKO that you would have thought I hit my TV’s mute button.
SINK OR SWIM FIGHT & FRANK SWAM
Having lost four straight, the consensus among people was that Silva was going to steamroll Mir in this battle of 45-year olds seeing he has looked less than stellar before coming back tonight after a year layoff.
BOXING 101 WINS ANOTHER BIG MMA FIGHT
As for the new tricks I alluded to, Mir is a natural left-handed fighter who jabs with the right and crosses with the left. With a new boxing coach, Mir was turned around and fought right handed, thus leading with his power hand, the left.
EASY TO SAY BUT HARD TO DO
In that right-handed stance, Mir did what few professional boxers can do and that is “hook off the jab.” Mir threw a left jab, stayed in range and without bringing the gloved hand back, threw a left hook that caught “The Model” on the chin and dropped him hard.
POUNCED ON ALREADY WOOZY GIANT
Jumping on the prone Giant Silva with an unneeded few shots, both hands and forearms, thus prompting the referee to halt the upset that breathes life into a division in need. I’m not knocking champion Cain Velasquez, but his injuries, which some attribute to simple over training, have put the title in limbo as Fabrice Werdum is now the “interim” champ.
WIFE PRESCRIBED TIME OFF TO HEAL
In addition to being switched boxing wise from southpaw to right handed, Mir let all of his nagging injuries heal. Like a lot of sports, especially MMA, people, some of the biggest stars fight hurt.
REASONS WHY UFC FIGHTERS FIGHT HURT
1) Not wanting to piss the UFC brass off. 2) They need the money. 3) They’ve either underestimated the severity of their injury or the ability of their opponent.
WHY IS MIR SPECIAL?
What separates Mir from most of the other UFC fighters is that he is great with the microphone. He talks the talk and the following UFC numbers indicate he walks the walk as well.
MIR’S LIST OF UFC ACCOMPLISHEMENTS
UFC Heavyweight Champion (One time)
UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion (One time)
Submission of the Night (Three times)
Performance of the Night (Two times)
Most wins in UFC Heavyweight division (16)
Most fights in UFC Heavyweight division (25)
Most finishes in UFC Heavyweight division (13)
Second most wins by submission in UFC (8)
Most wins by submission in UFC Heavyweight division (8)
First and only toe hold finish in UFC history
CAIN IS VULNERABLE TO BOXING
Whether you want to admit or not, Frank Mir is now a “Live” underdog against champion Cain Velasquez after Cain settles things with interim guy Fabrice Werdum.
WHY DOES FRANK HAVE GREAT CHANCE?
The reason I say Mir (17-10) has a great shot is that Velasquez is prone to getting wobbled early as Junior Dos Santos proved in drilling Cain in fight #1 and hurting him in the opening minute of their rematch. “The Model” Silva drops to 18-7.
SAM ALVEY JUST KEEPS SMILING!
Perennial underdog “Smilin’ Sam” Alvey (25-6) destroyed Brazil’s Ultimate Fighter TV show champion Cezar Ferreira (8-4) with a KO 1 just 3:34 into the middleweight (185) match.
JOHNSON WINS NOD OVER BARBOSA
The co-main event pitted once sizzling prospect Edson Barboza vs. Michael Johnson at lightweight (155). Johnson was UD 3 winner with 30-27 scores twice & 29-28.
UNDERCARD ACTION OF NOTE
Adriano Martins SD 3 Rustam Khabilov (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Frankie Saenz UD 3 Iuri Alcantara. (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Santiago Ponzinibbio UD 3 Sean Strickland (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
EX-UFC KING FRANK MIR