Frank Mir didn't stand a chance against Mark Hunt's power at UFC Fight Night 85 last night (Sat., March 19, 2016) in Brisbane, Australia, succumbing to a one-punch knockout just 3:01 into round one.
After much of a feeling out period, Mir tasted a vicious right hand to the left side of his temple, dropping him to the canvas and sending Hunt off on one of his infamous walkaways. It is Mir's sixth loss in his last eight fights, and it's the shortest defeat he's had since losing to Brandon Vera back at UFC 65.
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While Mir's future is certainly hanging in the balance entering the latter part of 2016, Hunt's promotional stock has never looked better. Sure, he has dropped recent bouts to the likes of current Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180 and top contender Stipe Miocic at UFC Fight Night 65, but he has now won two in a row via first-round knockout, which is always good enough in the most unpredictable weight class around.
At the ripe age of 41, Hunt seemingly has a lot left in the tank. He obviously isn't going to evolve his athleticism, versatility and conditioning, but his power is as dangerous as it's ever been, and that's really all "Super Samoan" needs to work his way back toward a title shot by the end of the year.
But, he'll have to remain a patient striker to catch unsuspecting foe like an aged Frank Mir. If he can adopt a level of conservation with his power, Hunt is going to be one tough cookie to crumble.
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