Frank Mir pounced all over Antonio Silva. | Photo: Buda Mendes/UFC/Zuffa/Getty
After more than a year away from the Octagon, Frank Mir looked rejuvenated in South America.
The former heavyweight champion made short work of Antonio Silva in the UFC Fight Night main event, finishing the massive Brazilian in a little less than two minutes at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Sunday night.
While Mir isn’t climbing back into title contention anytime soon, it was a much-needed victory for the promotion’s most tenured heavyweight following four consecutive defeats. Here is a by-the-numbers look at UFC Fight Night “Mir vs. Bigfoot,” with statistics courtesy of FightMetric.com.
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15: Ultimate Fighting Championship victories for Mir, the most of any heavyweight in promotion history. Mir finished Silva with a short left hook and follow-up ground strikes 1:40 into the opening round of their heavyweight bout.
12: Finishes in the Octagon for Mir, most in UFC heavyweight history ahead of Gabriel Gonzaga (11). That figure is also No. 4 among all UFC fighters behind only Anderson Silva (14), Vitor Belfort (14) and Matt Hughes (13).
1: Significant strike landed by Silva in defeat. “Bigfoot” has suffered first-round knockout losses in three of his last four UFC appearances. In those bouts, he has landed a combined eight significant strikes.
1,170: Days since Mir’s last Octagon triumph, when he gruesomely broke Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm with a first-round kimura at UFC 140. The Las Vegas resident lost fights to Junior dos Santos, Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem before rebounding to knock out Silva.
10-1: Record for underdogs on Sunday night. After Ivan Jorge’s win over Josh Shockley in the evening’s opening bout, favorites went down 10 times in a row in Porto Alegre. That is the most underdog victories ever on a UFC, Pride, WEC, EliteXC, Strikeforce or Dream event tracked by FightMetric.com.
38: Significant strikes landed by Michael Johnson in his unanimous decision triumph over Edson Barboza in the evening’s co-headliner. “The Menace” outlanded his foe 14 to 13 in round one and 14 to 7 in round two, while Barboza held an 11-to-10 edge in round three.
.200: Significant striking accuracy for Johnson, who landed 38 of 187 attempts. Barboza, meanwhile, landed 31 of 98 significant strikes, a 31 percent clip.
16: Significant strikes to the body by Barboza. By comparison, Johnson landed four.
7: Significant strikes to the legs for Johnson. Barboza, meanwhile, did not land a significant leg strike.
27: Significant strikes to the head landed by Johnson; Barboza landed 15.
4: Significant strikes landed by Sam Alvey in his spectacular first-round knockout victory over Cezar Ferreira at middleweight. “Mutante” appeared to have the upper hand for the majority of the stanza until Alvey blasted the Brazilian with a left hook to the jaw. Two follow-up punches on the ground sealed the win for “Smile’n Sam.” Overall, Ferreira landed 13 of 36 significant strikes, while Alvey landed four of eight.
12-5: Record in fights that go the distance for Adriano Martins, who outpointed Rustam Khabilov in a largely uneventful lightweight tilt. Khabilov fell to 8-2 in bouts that go to the judges.
3: Takedowns landed, in four attempts, landed by Martins. That’s more than Khabilov’s first four Octagon opponents combined. In the Dagestani fighter’s first four promotional appearances, foes went a collective 2-for-5 on takedown attempts against him.
73: Total strikes by which Frankie Saenz outlanded favored foe Iuri Alcantara in their bantamweight clash. After a close first round, Saez held a whopping 99-to-33 advantage in total strikes landed over the bout’s final 10 minutes.
8: UFC fights in Brazil for Alcantara following his unanimous decision defeat against Frankie Saenz on Sunday. That is the most in promotion history, according to MMADecisions.com. Felipe Arantes, Erick Silva and Francisco Trinaldo are in a three-way tie for second with seven Octagon appearances in Brazil. “Marajo” is 5-2 with one no contest in those bouts.
94: Combined significant strikes landed by Santiago Ponzinibbio and Sean Strickland in their welterweight affair. “Gente Boa” outlanded his foe 20 to 14 in round one and 15 to 13 in round three en route to capturing a unanimous verdict. Strickland, meanwhile, held a 17-to-15 edge in significant strikes in round two.
50: Days between Marion Reneau’s Octagon debut at UFC 182, a dominant decision triumph over Alexis Dufresne, and her second appearance against Jessica Andrade on Sunday. Reneau submitted Andrade with a triangle choke -- the first such finish in the UFC thus far in 2015 -- in the opening round of their bantamweight clash.
1:54: Official time of Reneau’s finish, the fasted submission in UFC women’s bantamweight history. It is also the third-quickest submission among all UFC bantamweights, male or female.
37: Age of Reneau, who was told prior to “The Ultimate Fighter 18” that she was too old to compete on the reality show. Reneau turns 38 on June 20.