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UFC FIGHT NIGHT61: BIGFOOT VS. MIR

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 61: BIGFOOT VS MIR

 

 

Frank Mir will have no trouble finding Bigfoot this Sunday night, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold UFC Fight Night 61, live and free on Fox Sports 1. In the main event, former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir (16-9) will go toe to BIG toe with the former EliteXC heavyweight champion, Antonio “Bigfoot “ Silva. These are two of the most exciting heavyweights in the world and we’re sure to see a competitive matchup when these two face off.

bigfootBigfoot Silva (18-6-1NC) started his UFC career back at UFC 146 with a first round TKO loss to the current heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez. He then rebounded with two impressive finishes. He TKO’d a very tough Travis Browne before getting an upset knockout victory over Alistair Overeem. The Overeem victory earned him a title shot in a rematch against Cain Velasquez at UFC 160, He was once again TKO’d in the first round. Bigfoot returned on December 7, 2013, after a six-month absence and faced Mark Hunt in what many consider to be the most exciting heavyweight bout of all time. After five hard fought rounds, the fight was ruled a draw. Despite the fight being ruled a draw, both men received their win bonus plus an additional $50,000 bonus for fight of the night. Bigfoot then tested positive, in a post-fight drug test, for elevated levels of testosterone and had to forfeit his win bonus, as well as the FOTN bonus to Mark Hunt. The fight was also changed to a no contest on Silva’s record and he received a nine-month suspension. He returned nine months later and was knocked out by the former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. This leaves Bigfoot Silva’s UFC record at (2-3-1NC).

With Frank Mir, we have one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Mir holds multiple UFC records, including the most fights in the UFC heavyweight division with twenty-three. His fourteen victories are also the most victories in UFC heavyweight division history. Mir made his UFC debut way back in 2001 at UFC 34 and won four out of his first five UFC bouts, which earned him a title shot against Tim Sylvia at UFC 48 on June 19, 2004. Mir won the title, breaking Sylvia’s arm in the process. This was the end result of Tim Sylvia refusing to tap out to an armbar. Just three months after winning the title, Frank Mir was knocked off his motorcycle by a car and suffered several injuries, which required major surgery. This caused Mir to be stripped of the Title after fourteen months of inactivity.mir

Many fans believe that Mir would have been the champion for a long time if the motorcycle accident had not taken place. Mir struggled upon his return, going 1-2 in his first three fights, with both losses coming by way of first-round TKO. He then managed to get back on track with three straight finishes, including a submission victory over Brock Lesnar, followed up by a TKO victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Big Nog). This won him the interim heavyweight title and he was then placed in a title unification bout, which put him in a rematch against Brock Lesnar, who, in the meantime had won the title from Randy Couture. Lesnar was a much more experienced fighter than he had been during their first matchup and he defeated Mir by TKO in the second round. Mir would eventually lose an interim title fight to Shane Carwin, before stringing together three straight victories and earning another title shot against Junior Dos Santos.

Mir also came up short in this attempt, which was the first loss in his current four fight-losing streak. These all were losses to some of the very best in the world, which included Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem. No matter who the opponents were, this doesn’t look good on Mir’s resume and he could be fighting for his career this Sunday when he faces off against Bigfoot Silva.

 

PREDICTION

This could be either guy’s fight. They are both very skilled in every area, but I would give the stand-up advantage to Bigfoot, while Mir, in my opinion, has the edge in submissions over any heavyweight in MMA. This means that we could very well see either guy finished by the other’s strongest game.

Both guys have been knocked out in past fights, with a total of seven times for Mir and a total of five for Bigfoot. Neither has ever suffered a submission loss, although that means nothing when you’re locked inside the octagon with Frank Mir. Both of these guys are in desperate need of a victory, so I think they’ll put it all on the line when the cage door closes. I believe that the fight will favor Bigfoot in the later rounds, so Mir will need to pull something off early on in the matchup. Obviously, his best chance would be to wrestle Bigfoot down to the canvas and work for the sub.

Mir does have knockout power that we’ve seen him display in the past, but I don’t really see him knocking out Bigfoot, who went five hard rounds with, perhaps the hardest puncher in the game, Mark Hunt. That was of course, while Silva was on testosterone replacement therapy. He was knocked out in his very next fight after he could no longer use TRT. We’ve yet to see enough action from him to know how he’ll truly look without it. Also, Frank Mir hasn’t competed in a year. Will the time off be exactly what he needed to turn his career around or will ring rust be an issue? This will be the perfect matchup in which to find out. With all that being said, I think Bigfoot will get the TKO victory in one of the later rounds.

 

WINNER: ANTONIO “BIGFOOT” SILVA via TKO

 

Full main card:

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Sean Strickland

Iuri Alcantara vs. Frankie Saenz

Rusam Khabilov vs AdrianoMartins

Cezar Ferreira vs. Sam Alvey

Edson Barboza vs. Michael Johnson

Frank Mir vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

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