The Ultimate Fighting Championship made its first trip to Porto Alegre in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on Sunday for UFC Fight Night 61: Bigfoot vs. Mir.
The UFC drew a crowd of 5,080 for the heavyweight-headlined card. That may sound like a small number, but according to UFC officials, it was a sellout.
“We’re actually limited in the capacity here. We actually sold out,” said UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik at the post-fight press conference.
Nine of the 11 bouts on the card at the Gigantinho Gymnasium were won by the underdog, including the main event.
Despite Silva’s size advantage, Mir used a lengthy period of time off to retool his game, using it to great effect on Sunday. His hands in particular looked much more sharp than in the past.
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Mir used a crisp jab to set up power punches that sent Silva crashing to the canvas, where he finished the fight with a few follow-up strikes to score his first victory since December of 2011.