Although both claimed they wouldn't retire with a loss, and promotion President Dana White didn't necessarily say they would be fired for doing so, it felt like a "loser leaves town" match when Frank Mir stepped inside the Octagon to do battle against Alistair Overeem at tonight's (Sat., Feb. 1, 2014) UFC 169: "Barao vs. Faber 2" pay-per-view (PPV) from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Mir played patient early, avoiding any big shots and managing not to get murdered in the clinch. Then, he took a big shot to the side of the head and staggered, followed by two monster knees that pushed him back on wobbly legs.
Overeem capitalized by coming down on Mir, tying up one arm behind his head, and delivering some vicious elbows and punches. To his credit, the former champ survived all this, even getting back to his feet looking relatively fresh for all the punishment he had taken.
Mir actually found some measure of success in the second with a takedown and transition to a guillotine that appeared tight enough to threaten a finish. "The Reem", however, popped his head right out and proceeded to HULK SMASH for the remainder of the round.
The Dutchman was firmly in control headed into the final round.
Mir's game plan there was to take Overeem down and work for a submission. He was far too tired to get anywhere close to one, though, and "Demolition Man" demolished him.
Make no mistake, this was a beating, decision or not.
Final scores from the judges: 30-27 across the board, all for Overeem.
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