February 22nd was a hard Sunday to take command of in the Entertainment world. There were prime-time series battling WWE FastLane, battling The Academy Awards, battling the Daytona 500, battling UFC POA for viewership. If by chance you’re of the mondo piece of pie chart that didn’t get to see the UFC event in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Today’s Knockout has you covered. Actually, we had FastLane covered, too!
Mir Sees Clear
Technique outlasts testosterone, as Frank Mir proves his resiliency beyond the TRT-era.
Four losses in a row are a surefire way to earn a ticket out of the fight game – unless those losses are to the most talented men in the field and you’re the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Mir’s losses to Junior Dos Santos (then champion), Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett, and Alistair Overeem are tough to judge him for, but that didn’t change the fact he’d be fighting for his career in a Final Stand at UFC Porto Alegre.
Frank never stopped standing.
With a left-hook from the orthodox stance (atypical for Mir), his opponent, the mammoth Bigfoot Silva went crumbling to canvas. Mir pursued to a position of control, and followed through with ground-and-pound, eventually scoring an out-right KO with a huge elbow to Bigfoot’s jaw. $50,000 Performance of the Night award pocketed.
The former champ might not be ready for a title run anytime soon, but I suspect retirement is the last thing on his mind. My friend and Today’s Knockout reader Matt Price thought Big Ben Rothwell would make a fitting next opponent. I’m inclined to agree with that. That match is a way for Mir to return climbing the rankings without getting thrown back into the lion’s den that is the Top-Five.
Upsets, Upsets, Upsets
For a short while, #NightoftheUnderdogs was trending on Twitter during UFC Porto Alegre (also known as UFC Brazil, UFC POA, UFC Fight Night 61, and UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs Mir – thanks a lot UFC marketing experts). That’s because according to the Las Vegas books, every single underdog won at UFC POA.
That’s no exaggeration! From bottom to top, from preliminaries to main event, every single winner was an underdog to at least some degree. Granted, not every fighter was so far and away an underdog. Many of the matches were very close on paper; they simply were not close enough to be labeled even by bookkeepers.
The greatest upset was Frankie Saenz, a fighter who hasn’t even found himself a home on Wikipedia yet, winning a Unanimous Decision of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 over -950 favorite Iuri Alcantara. If you were wild enough to be $10.00 on Saenz, you would have almost made six-times your risk! At +550 or larger depending on your source, Frankie was the chief breadwinner of the night.
Other Takeaways & Highlights
Over on Today’s Knockout we’ve broken the event down to even greater detail. If your interest is spiked, click on over to writer Jordy McElroy’s “Top-3 Takeaways from UFC POA“.
I’ve also taken liberty to break down Michael Johnson’s technically advanced performance over Edson Barboza. If you’re interested in reading how a highly skilled fighter performs to great success, read my companion piece to that match: “Michael Johnson Proves Combinations Win Fights at UFC POA“.
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