UFC Heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos flat-out dominated challenger/two-time title holder Frank Mir at Saturday night’s (May 26) UFC 146 in Las Vegas, taking the win with a second-round TKO.
From the opening bell, it was evident Santos was the superior fighter. He picked apart Mir with his boxing pedigree all throughout the first round, before stunning him with a hard right to the temple in the closing seconds, which he followed with a flurry of rights and lefts that nearly ended the fight, but Mir was saved by the horn.
In the second round, Santos caught Mir with a hard right to the chin, sending him to the canvas … and that’s all she wrote. The champ pounced, and pounded him while on the ground before referee Herb Dean stepped in and called it.
“He’s a champ,” Mir said. “He’s fast. I couldn’t get out of the way. He hit me hard. There were just too many of them, and they were hard shots. I couldn’t do anything about it.”
Santos successfully defended his heavyweight title for the first time, improving to 15-1. In the post fight interview, he expressed his excitement over the win, before commending Mir on his toughness.
“I’m feeling awesome!” a smiling Dos Santos shouted. “It’s not bad for a nice guy, huh? … Frank Mir is a really good fighter, too. I came here to defend my belt, and I did it.
“This guy [Mir] can take a punch. My hand hurts.”
Mir’s record fell to 16-6. He had won three straight fights since losing a title shot to Shane Carwin in March 2010, but couldn’t reclaim the belt he previous held twice in his career — in 2004, before getting into a serious motorcycle accident; and in early 2009 before losing to Brock Lesnar.
As for the other heavyweight bouts at UFC 146… former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez TKO’d Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in the first round.
Cain quickly took Silva to the ground and began delivering elbows and punches. One hard elbow opened a huge cut on the forehead of Silva, which made it difficult for Silva (16-4) to see. After a cageside physician allowed the bout continue, Velasquez resumed the punishment, before the ref finally jumped in to stop the fight.
Velasquez’s record improved to 10-1, while Silva’s fell to 16-4. Cain hopes to get another shot Dos Santos, who beat him last November to take his title.
Roy “Big Country” Nelson KO’d Dave Herman in the first round of their fight with one overhand right; Shane Del Rosario recorded his first loss in his UFC debut against fellow undefeated heavyweight Stipe Miocic via a TKO from blows in the second round; and Stefan Struve defeated Lavar Johnson with an armbar submission in the first round of their fight.