The other co-main event at tonight's (Sat., Dec. 10, 2011) UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" pay-per-view in Toronto featured a rematch three years in the making, as Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira met inside the cage once again to settle their differences.
Nogueira claimed he was suffering from staph before the first fight and therefore was not 100-percent, which essentially tainted Mir's victory. Mir, of course, was not happy about this and wanted to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he's the better fighter.
Did he ever.
It didn't come without adversity. Nogueira nearly knocked Mir out but once the fight went to the floor, Mir worked his way to a kimura and after rolling a bit with the jiu-jitsu legend, he torqued and broke "Minotauro's" arm.
Mir was relaxed early. Nogueira the opposite, as he pushed forward with punches, a few of which found their mark. This led to a clinch, initiated by "Big Nog."
They battled back and forth for position, Mir using his superior size and strength to keep the edge for the most part. Finally, Mir used his weight -- all 260-pounds of it -- to fall forward into a takedown and half guard.
That lasted about eight seconds.
Once they got back up, Nogueira started landing some solid elbows. They separated and Nogueira landed another punch that put Mir on Queer Street. The follow up shots looked like they nearly put Mir out but the referee never stopped it.
Mir used the position to latch in a kimura and after a short battle on the ground that included a few flips and near reversals, Mir got the tap.
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