- Category: Boxing & MMA
- Published Monday, February 23, 2015
- Toronto Sun
Frank Mir never said he was done.
The UFC heavyweight defeated Antonio Silva by KO at 1:40 of the first round at UFC Fight Night 61 from the Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil on Sunday night.
Mir says he's been working on his jab and it paid off when his quick left found its way through the guard of Silva and hit 'Bigfoot' square in the right cheek. Mir finished with the ground and pound, landing a number of blows before finishing with a series of elbows to the face.
“I came out looking for the jab,” Mir said post-fight. “I've never had a dominating jab and it's an important punch in the heavyweight division.”
Coming into the fight Mir was on a four-fight losing streak, but the former two-time heavyweight champ believes he still burns hot enough to make title holder Cain Velasquez nervous.
“(I'm) hungry now as I was the very first day I went into the octagon,” Mir told FOX Sports prior to the fight.
At this moment that statement stands.
Mir improves to 17-9-0 and Silva drops to 18-7-1.
Canadian Matt Dwyer defeated William Macario by KO at 3:14 of the first round. The first round was mostly leg kicks, with the 25-year-old Kelowna, B.C., native adding a few jabs here and there, but mostly staying away from the powerful punches of the TUF Brazil: 2 combatant. The Canadian went in for an opportunistic blow and it paid off big time. Dwyer launched himself off the canvas for a Superman punch that smoked Macario in the left temple. The Brazilian stumbled around like he was lost in next week before falling to the ground. Dwyer then went after his opponent and dusted him off six punches to the head before the referee said enough is enough.
Punching vs. Kicking
After a year in-between fights, Michael Johnson defeated Edson Barboza via unanimous decision. It's no secret Johnson throws every punch with the intention of winning the fight, at that moment, while Edson Barboza launches every kick with speed and power, looking to land a head blow. Johnson was the better fighter in the opening two rounds and Barboza's plan was to seek a KO in the third round, because, let's be honest, he's not looking for a submission. Even still, Johnson landed a few combos to counteract the Brazilian's push for the win. Johnson ended the fight with a take down and grabbed the win over the No. 6 ranked lightweight in the UFC. “He's a great competitor,” Johnson said of Barboza. “I wanted to finish him. I gave him a bunch of hard shots.” In the leadup to the fight Johnson wondered about the supposed soft jaw of Barboza, but recanted on that. “I take back what I said about his chin.”
Quick turn of events
Sam Alvey defeated Cezar Ferreira by KO at 3:34 of the first round. Alvey spent the majority of the round taking punches from Ferreira, but when he got his licks in he didn't miss. Alvey absorbed an elbow and then stunned the Brazilian with a quick right to the jaw. That only softened up Ferreira, but the left that followed, sent the Brazilian straight back and onto the mat. “(Ferreira) kicks like a horse,” Alvey said post fight. “I'll be limping for two or three weeks.” 'Smiling' said his game plan worked Well, kind of. “My game plan was to get kicked a bunch and finish him off later in the fight.”
A split affair
Adriano Martins defeated Rustam Khabilov by split decision after a fairly spirited first round, the second had large chunks of shadow boxing. The discerning crowd was less than impressed as boos and whistles rained down on the octagon. Khabilov gained momentum just past the halfway point of the round and connected with a few jabs and some kicks, but Martins knocked the Russian to the carpet with a left to the jaw to set up the third and final round. Martins did little else despite the knockdown at the end of the second round. Judging by the boos, nobody was happy with the quality of the fight. It was a slow-paced affair to be sure.
In a fight that didn't disappoint whatsoever, Frankie Saenz defeated Iuri Alcantara by unanimous decision. Saenz came in as the prohibitive underdog against the Brazilian scrapper. The Brazilian has nearly three times as many wins (31) as Saenz had fights (12), but the American flyweight left the ring with new found respect as he was the takedown master in the scrap. Clearly that's what won him the fight. Even though he was rocked a few times, he never really found himself in any situation he couldn't handle. Saenz improves his consecutive win streak to six straight fights. Alcantara dropped his first fight since a loss to Uriah Faber in August of 2013.
Frank Mir def. Antonio Silva via first-round KO
Michael Johnson def. Edson Barboza via unanimous decision
Sam Alvey def. Cezar Ferreira via first-round KO
Adriano Martins def. Rustam Khabilov via split decision
Frankie Saenz def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision
Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Sean Strickland via unanimous decision
Marion Reneau def. Jessica Andrade via first-round submission
Matt Dwyer def. William Macario via first-round KO
Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Cody Gibson via first-round KO
Ivan Jorge def. Josh Shockley via unanimous decision