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Mir stuns Big Foot with impressive KO

Frank Mir hadn't won since 2011 but took time off to work on his boxing and it led to an impressive knockout victory of "Big Foot" Silva.

Frank Mir hadn’t won since 2011 but took time off to work on his boxing and it led to an impressive knockout victory of “Big Foot” Silva.

Maybe the most decorated heavyweight in UFC history, Frank Mir, took a year off from fighting to work on his boxing. Mir became the winningest heavyweight in UFC because of his tremendous wrestling ability and he developed tremendous submission technique along the way. But his stand up fighting was always his biggest issue. He only won three of his 16 victory by knockout.

But even at his age, as one of the top heavyweight ever, he decided to take over a year off to work on just his boxing. And boy was it beautiful in his return.

Mir went into his main event fight against Antonio “Big Foot” Silva at UFC Fight Night 61 as a heavy underdog. With knockout victories over Alistair Overeem and Travis Brown, there was no denying that Big Foot was worthy of his No. 8 ranking and a victory over Mir probably would have put him right back in the conversation as a top contender for the title.

Mir, though, the No. 13 ranked heavyweight, was looking to prove that he was still one of the best around and in just 1:40 he forced referee Mario Yamasaki to jump in a stop the contest.

After roughly a minute of minimal action where the two mountains of men were sizing each other up, Mir started to work the left jab. Something both Mir and any boxer will tell you is the most important thing to throw when standing face-to-face with an opponent.

That jab set it all up. Mir forced Silva to move his right arm just slightly from the side of his head to the front to block and Mir took notice, nailed a left hook to Silva’s jaw and it was the beginning of the end.

Silva went down, Mir pounced on top and finished him off with a barrage of hard right punches and forearms.

Many thought Mir was done. Mir lost four-straight fights heading into his clash with Silva. His last victory was on December 10, 2011 when he broke Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm with a kimura.

After that, he lost his heavyweight title to Junior do Santos by TKO at UFC 147 and had two decision losses sandwich a TKO loss to Josh Barnett.

In all of those fights, his boxing was a major issue. He wasn’t able to get those guys to the ground to take advantage of his superior wrestling ability. The blueprint of how to beat him was out.

But now, with a much improve standup striking game, Mir very well may be one his way to another title shot. That started with his dominant victory over Silva in Big Foot’s native Brazil.

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