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Ultimate Fighting Championship
heavyweight champion Frank Mir
made a career out of rematches, and the fight with Roy Nelson
will be the fourth in his career. The owner of nine submission
victories, Mir aims to repeat on “Big Country” as they lock horns
inside the Mohegan Sun Arena on Oct. 25 for
. Here is another set of career-defining moments
In his Octagon debut at UFC 34, Mir faced grappling ace Roberto
. At the time, Traven was already a 6th degree jiu-jitsu
black belt and the 1999 ADCC submission wrestling world open class
champion. None of that fazed Mir, who needed only 1:05 to tap out
Traven with an armbar. This happened on Nov. 2, 2001, and Mir did
not receive his black belt until 2004, when he defeated Tim Sylvia
the UFC heavyweight championship with another armbar
Leaving no doubt
Before his more celebrated rivalries with Antonio
, Mir had quite a heated rivalry with Wes Sims
6-foot-10 Sims was disqualified in their controversial first fight
at UFC 43, in which Sims stomped Mir while Mir had his head up
against the fence. The fight was stopped immediately and Mir won
via disqualification. Half a year later at UFC 46, the two
heavyweights met again, and this time, Mir made his presence felt.
He knocked out his opponent with some lethal knees and punches less
than a minute before time expired in Round 2.
Comeback of comebacks
After returning from a life-threatening motorcycle accident, Mir
lost two of his first three return fights. At that point, he didn’t
look poised for a major comeback. But then he did the unthinkable
and put toer the likes of top-level adversaries Antoni
. The last of those wins earned him the interim
UFC heavyweight title.
Mir beat Lesnar with a kneebar at UFC 81. But not without getting
mauled by the hulking pro wrestling superstar for the first minute
of their fight. Then, at the blockbuster UFC 100, the two rematched
with the undisputed title on the line. Unfortunately for Mir, he
experienced more of the heat Lesnar brought to him in their first
outing, losing via TKO in the second round.
From 2012 to 2014, Mir suffered four straight defeats to Junior dos
, Josh Barnett
. And just as he seemed spent and ready to bow out of
the game, he mounted two consecutive wins that earned him
Performance of the Night bonuses. He knocked out Antonio “Bigfoot”
Silva at UFC Fight Night 61, dropping him with a looping left hook
and following it up with punches. Then, at UFC Fight Night 71, he
starched Todd Duffee
with another nasty left hand. Both fights ended in less than two