UFC 140 Results: Frank Mir Comes Back from the Brink to Break Big Nog

December 10, 2011
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Frank Mir

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.

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  • That was a hell of a fight. Mir might have “come back of the year” wrapped up already for next years World MMA Awards.

    Hope Nog recovers, that was a gruesome thing to watch.

  • sb

    Should of tapped. Pride got the best of him. I suppose I understand somewhat but ouch!

    • The_Sheriff

      “Pride got the best of him.”

      No pun intended, right?

  • KBEsq

    If you watch, Nog actually did tap, but it was too late. Mir didn’t give him any chances to tap, but the adrenaline and gravity of the situation probably didn’t allow for Mir to give Nog the opportunity.

    I actually remember saying to myself, “wow, Nog is going to win this fight – he looks great!” Within 10 seconds, Nog’s arm was broken. Tough loss, because I actually think Nog did a really good job and was better on the feet.

    I never thought I would see Nog in a submission, even by someone like Mir. Great fight – wish it were longer.

  • tsszaltax

    Like 10 seconds before Mir broke it Rogan said “I cant say for sure but I think Nog’s jiu jitsu is on another level than Mir’s, I just dont see him getting submitted, ever”…..oh snap! (See what I did there?)

  • Remembering that Mir was heavyweight champion, was stripped of the title because of his motorcycle accident…. wow. I’m so happy he’s back to form. I’d love to see him at the top again.

    It’s amazing that he’s fighting again at all, let alone subbing Big Nog! I’m so happy for him!