Frank Mir needed less than two minutes tonight (Sat., Feb. 22, 2015) to erase more than four years of mediocrity and frustration.
The former Heavyweight champion stopped Antonio Silva in the main event of UFC Fight Night 61 from Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, his first win inside the Octagon since snapping Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's arm in half way back in Dec. 2011.
And he didn't even need to rely on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
On the contrary, it was a left jab that he used to start, and then finish, the FOX Sports 1 main event. Mir came out pumping it early, and then when "Bigfoot" attempted to get some space, Mir found a home for it again, setting up a devastating hook the floored the giant.
Mir then took immediate pursuit, landing about a half-dozen hooks to Bigfoot's ears before serving him a mouthful of elbows. That was more than enough to make the Brazilian's body to go limp and compel the referee to call a merciful end to the action.
It's unclear where Mir, 35, goes from here. He's well past his prime, and most likely will never sniff another world title again. In addition, it's not like UFC will book him against cream puffs moving forward. He certainly has a lot to think about, but for now, he leaves South America a winner.
Enjoy it as long as it lasts.
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