UFC 146: Junior dos Santos retains title, TKO's Frank Mir in Round 2Posted on May 26, 2012, 11:47 PM by Anton Gurevich
Junior dos Santos promised Mixed Martial Arts fans around the world a second round TKO victory over Frank Mir, and he truly delivered. Dos Santos controlled the fight in stand up, picking Frank Mir apart, and defending every takedown attempt from the former two-time Heavyweight champ.
The fight opened with Frank Mir pressuring dos Santos to the fence. The Nevadan immediately went for the takedown, but dos Santos managed to find his way out of trouble. From there, JDS utilized his significant speed and accuracy advantage to control Frank Mir in stand-up. Mir answered with leg kicks, but those strikes were insignificant in comparison to the Brazilian's striking combination.
Dos Santos got Frank Mir in trouble towards the end of Round 1 with a perfectly-timed combination. Frank Mir was saved by the bell, but it was clearly a sign of things to come in Round 2. Despite surviving the onslaught in Round 1, Frank Mir believed his was fighting at Mandalay Bay Events Center, which gave a clear understanding of how hurt he was.
Mir recovered well after the break, and continued with his attempts to find an opening. However, Junior dos Santos' quickly re-gained momentum, and delivered a powerful right cross, which sent Frank Mir down on the canvas. Mir struggled to stand up, as the referee Herb Dean stopped the action at 3:04 minutes of Round 1.