Round 1: The two heavyweights touch gloves. Both being careful early. Overeem lands to the body with a straight right. Mir answers with a right hand. Mir closes the distance and Overeem hits him with a left hand. They clinch. Overeem delivers a knee to the body and they separate. Overeem lands a left hand that knocks Mir back. Overeem initiates the clinch. He lands a knee to the body. He delivers a knee that knocks staggers Mir. Mir falls to the canvas. Overeem follows him and lands shots. He traps an arm and lands more shots. He delivers a knee to the body. Mir get to his feet. Overeem hits him with two knees to the body. They separate. Two minutes remain in the round. Mir moves in and misses with a big left hand. Overeem clinches. Mir drops down for a leg lock. He can’t isolate a leg and Overeem is on top of him in half guard. Overeem lands a hard hammer fist, and another. Mir controls Overeem’s posture. Overeem lands short shots to the body and head. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-8 for Overeem.
Round 2: Mir takes the center of the cage. Overeem lands a stiff jab. Mir answers with an outside leg kick. Mir presses forward. Overeem throws Mir to the canvas. Mir gets back to his feet. He closes the distance. Overeem clinches and lands a knee to the body. Overeem presses Mir against the cage. The referee separates them. Overeem delivers a combination. He’s pacing himself. Mir drives forward and takes Overeem down. He goes for a guillotine choke. Overeem pops his head out and lands two elbows. He works in the half guard position. Overeem lands short right hands. Overeem peppers Mir with shots to the head and body. Overeem delivers a hard elbow. Mir gets back to full guard. Mir controls Overeem’s posture. Overeem stands over him. The referee stands Mir up. They both throw kicks to the body at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Overeem.
Round 3: Mir inches forward. He misses with a high kick. Overeem moves on the outside. He moves and and takes Mir down. Overeem stands out of Mir’s guard. Mir works for a takedown but Overeem stuffs it and hits him with a right hand. He works in the half guard position. Overeem lands a right hand followed by an elbow. Mir gets to full guard. Overeem lands a hard left hand. Overeem lands to the body and then the head. Overeem is beating him up on the ground. He delivers an elbow to the body. Mir’s face is bloodied. Overeem continues to pound away. He stands and tells Mir to get up. Overeem lands a lead uppercut popping Mir’s head back. He switches stances. Overeem lands a left hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Overeem.
The judges scored the fight for Overeem by unanimous decision. All three scorecards read 30-27.
“I proved to everybody I’m back tonight. Frank is a very experienced fighter, his game plan was to take me down, but I’m a well-rounded fighter too so I dominated him. This victory has motivated me a lot to go back to the gym and get ready for fighting again.”