Frank Mir stakes his claim as best HW submission fighter in the UFC

5616556796 b9f98c36f7At UFC 140, Frank Mir added a line to his MMA resume as he became the first fighter to ever submit Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. At first glance this may not seem like all that great of an achievement until you peruse Nogueira’s career record. The fight with Mir was his 42nd professional MMA bout and during that time he has fought some of the biggest names in the Heavyweight Division.

Another thing to consider is the fact the Nogueira is considered by some to be the preeminent submission artist in the Heavyweight division, winning 20 fights by submission.

With the win at UFC 140, Mir thinks that perhaps he should be considered the best submission fighter in the UFC. “Minotauro was a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt before I even started BJJ. He’s one of the very best ever. Does me subbing him in the manner I did make me the best submission heavyweight in UFC history? I think it allows you to make an argument, sure. I think you’d have to look at my record side-by-side with other guys, and of course there are fighters who’ve done a lot more than I have in submission-only fights, but purely in the UFC, I think I am right up there, yes.” – for more see Sportsnet.ca

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What do you think LowKick’ers, where does Frank Mir rank as far as Heavyweight submission fighters?

Further Reading: UFC 140: Frank Mir snaps Minotauro Nogueira’s shoulder in Round 1

Photo: Frank Mir after beating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira during UFC 92  at the MGM Grand Arena on December 27, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. Francis Specker