Two former UFC heavyweight champions collide at UFC 191, as Frank Mir takes on Andrei Arlovski in the UFC 191 co-main event. Mir’s storied UFC career has seen him become the most experienced fighter in the division, with 16 wins to his credit during a colorful 14-year stint at the top level. He faces in ‘The Pitbull’ a fighter born in to the same generation of fighting, with common opponents in Tim Sylvia, roy Nelson and Bigfoot Silva.
Back when guys like Mir and Arlovski ruled the division, the fight game was very different. Size and strength seemed to be one of the overruling factors in success at that time, with Sylvia holding the belt as a 16-0 wrecking machine until being stripped for a failed drug test in 2003. Come UFC 48, and Sylvia gets another crack at the now vacant belt, against a brash 25-year old prospect from Las Vegas, Frank Mir.
Many credit Mir for starting the evolution of heavyweights and, as one of the original submission artists of the division, he showed that knockout power was not all it takes to win the belt. The classic win came when Sylvia got trapped in a tight arm bar and the ref stopped the action. The crowd booed, but when they saw the grizzly replay it was obvious why.
Watch the vintage finish in the first round by a fresh faced Frank Mir, and stay tuned to LowKickMMA for more UFC and MMA news, coverage and updates!