Short, but sweet; that is about the only way to describe the heavyweight bout between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida on Saturday night in Toronto.
The opening moments were slow going, the two big men battling for position in a clinch along the fence. That all changed, however, when Nogueira dropped Mir with a combination of punches. He followed Mir to the mat, trying to sink a choke, but couldn’t get it before Mir recovered from the punches.
“I was stunned. He caught me,” Mir said after the fight, acknowledging that Nogueira had hurt him.
Mir held it together, however, escaping the choke, and locking a Kimura on Nogueira. The Brazilian tried to roll out, but Mir stayed with it, used his body to block any escape attempts from Nogueira, and cranked the Kimura until Nogueira’s arm visibly broke.
“Now I’m the first person to knock him out and the first person to submit him,” Mir said after the fight. He didn’t leave it at that, acknowledging his respect for Nogueira.
“I idolized him. It’s just a game. When you’re as big as we are, things happen; you can get caught,” said Mir. “It takes nothing away from Nogueira.”
The victory was Mir’s third straight, likely putting him right back into position for a title shot, although the first shot will go to the winner of the UFC 141 bout between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.