UFC on Fox 7 Results: Daniel Cormier Dictates Pace to Frank Mir to Win UFC Debut

April 20, 2013
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Daniel Cormier at Strikeforce HoustonFormer Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier was able to dictate the pace to Frank Mir en route to a unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut on the main card at UFC on Fox 7 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

It was a highly anticipated debut for the undefeated heavyweight, whose game plan was to avoid Mir’s wrestling by backing up the former UFC champion against the cage.

The plan was highly effective for the stronger fighter, who was able to work inside of Mir’s early onslaught of kicks pressing him against the cage going to work with knees to the body as well as body-head combinations.

Mir’s corner was calling for him not to grapple and look to take Cormier down to the mat, but it was to no avail as Cormier completely dominated the fight, unloading with strikes, softening up the body of Mir, who had no answer to the 34-year-old from Louisiana.

A former collegiate wrestler, Cormier remains undefeated with a record of 12-0 (8 KO’s) and moves one step closer to a shot at Cain Velasquez’s UFC belt, while the loss was Mir’s second in a row, all but diminishing any chance of the 33-year-old ever receiving another title fight.

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  • p3ezy

    “effective” not “affective.” f*** sake hate being a grammar nazi and i normally just ignore the grammar mistakes made by mmaweekly but this is happening too often. sort your s***

    • Advance*

      Since you started it….”All but diminishing” doesn’t make sense and I don’t think Cormier’s game plan was to avoid Mir’s wrestling

      • p3ezy

        to be honest, i stopped reading the article after i read “affective.” bit off putting when the article you are reading is written by someone who doesn’t know their basic writing skills.

        • falloniousWolf

          Like I’ve been saying for years, writers of MMA need to substantially improve their writing skills.

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  • Cereal Killer

    I love when I go 4 out of 5 on my predictions! I could have gone either way on the Matt Brown fight. Love seeing a Diaz lose:D

  • Cormier could have finished this fight.He dazed Mir about a dozen times, when braking off the clinch.
    Mir was slow as expected.

    • shakejunt

      honestly was hoping round 1 was just his gameplan to open him up in round 2, but unfortunately it was his plan for the whole fight.

  • Gary Fredericks

    This reminded me of the heavyweight division when Tim Sylvia reigned supreme. Dan Cormier is waaaay overhyped and a yawner to watch.

  • shakejunt


    and this dude is supposed to dethrone jones?

  • MuayThaiFood

    (Cormier’s) “game plan was to avoid Mir’s wrestling” ??????? Really?