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Success rarely comes easy and glory is attained only through hardship.
The former dominated his friend and sometimes training partner, Roy Nelson, with a varied attack that including an impressive 82-46 striking advantage and an even stronger grappling game.
Those two victories could catapult both men up the ranks of their respective divisions, potentially straight into top contender fights ... or maybe even a title shot.
It came with a heavy price, however.
It was announced at the post-fight press conference that Mir suffered both a broken jaw and a busted rib. However, he and his wife have since taken to Twitter to dispel that fact, saying his jaw is completely fine. Stann, meanwhile, battled through a fractured thumb.
Amazing when you consider the total amount of punishment dished out to "Big Country" and "Sandman," respectively.
It's unclear just yet how long these ailments will keep each fighter out of action, if at all. Stay tuned to MMAmania.com, as we will pass along the medical suspensions just as soon as they become available.