The former heavyweight champion set up the knockout with a well-placed jab-left-hook combination, which saw Silva fall to the ground and be pounded out at the 1:40 mark.
“I came out looking for the jab,” Mir said during his post-fight interview. “I got back to the roots of it. That’s where you saw the jab, setting it up … I’ve never had a dominating jab. The dominating jab is an important punch, especially in the heavyweight division.”
Mir and Silva measured each other in the early moments of the bout. While gauging the distance, Mir shot a quick jab, landing it cleanly on the chin. Mir then followed the initial punch up with a left hook that sent Silva crashing to the floor in an obvious daze.
While on the ground, Silva attempted to defend against his opponent’s ground and pound, but couldn’t avoid damage. After two significant elbows, Silva appeared unconscious and the referee brought a stop to the bout.
With the win on Saturday, Mir won his first fight since 2011 and stopped a four-fight losing streak.