Frank Mir isn't getting any love from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fans ahead of his heavyweight showdown against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC Fight Night 61 this Sunday night (Feb. 22, 2015) in Porto Alegre, Brazil (results here).
The 35-year-old Mir comes into his meeting with the Brazilian giant on a four-fight losing streak and has seen his once illustrious Octagon career reduced to one liners by mixed martial arts (MMA) fans on Twitter. Mir's last UFC win came against another Brazilian, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, at UFC 140 back in December 2011.
Current undefeated women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was just a burgeoning star in Strikeforce when the former two-time heavyweight champion corralled his last victory.
#LastTimeMirWon Ronda Rousey had fought 138 seconds professionally— Eric Stinton (@TombstoneStint) February 17, 2015
Former WEC/UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has endured an injury-riddled fight career ever since Mir hit his snag. Coincidence? I think not.
#LastTimeMirWon Dominick Cruz wasn't injured.— Best Fight Picks (@BestFightPicks) February 17, 2015
Current 135-pound champion T.J. Dillashaw was finished by John Dodson in The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 finale.
#LastTimeMirWon TJ Dillashaw had just been KO'd by a flyweight.— caposa (@GrabakaHitman) February 17, 2015
#LastTimeMirWon People still wore Affliction in Public.— Omar (@Beastin25_8) February 17, 2015
The last time Mir won was also the beginning of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' title reign.
#LastTimeMirWon Jon Jones just won his belt from Shogun— moch (@mochronik) February 17, 2015
Former PRIDE two-division champion Dan Henderson was still capable of knocking fools senseless.
#LastTimeMirWon Dan Henderson was coming off a UFC win.— Omar (@Beastin25_8) February 17, 2015
Two of the world's best professional boxers were still on winning streaks.
Long before Nike or Reebok ever began sponsoring the UFC's best, K Swiss was still a viable player when Mir was still winning.
#LastTimeMirWon KSwiss was the biggest sports brand involved with MMA— pdl (@pdlmma) February 17, 2015
All the losing has seen the notable Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner fall from contention and out of the top 10 in the heavyweight rankings (see them here). Mir appears to have succumbed to father time and is now in the twilight of his Octagon career.
And, oh by the way, #LastTimeBigfootWon? A knockout victory over Alistair Overeem at the UFC 156 pay-per-view (PPV) event over two years ago in "Sin City."
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