After posting a forgettable 14 minutes and two seconds against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 119, former Octagon champ Frank Mir saved his best for last … as in the very last minute of the fight. He knocked the famed striker completely unconscious in the 3rdRound of their heavyweight scrap, bringing the uneventful contest to an exciting conclusion.
The pair were engaged in a bitter verbal sparring session leading up to Saturday night’s main event, and unfortunately for ticket purchasers inside the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, that was the most exciting aspect of their showdown – less the long awaited conclusion, of course.
“It looked kind of ugly to be honest,” Mir candidly admitted, “but I guess it’s better to pull off an ugly win than an ugly loss.”
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan accurately likened their affair to a sparring session where both competitors secretly agreed to not fight too aggressively. If that was the case, all bets must have been off for the final 60 seconds of the final stanza.
“My strategy was to take him down,” Mir said. “I was trying to do well, but I knew he was dangerous.”
UFC president Dana White was so unimpressed by Mir’s performance that he opted not to award a Knockout of the Night winner for UFC 119, despite CC’s unconscious state.
While the promoter and all the Hoosiers in attendance weren’t pleased with product inside the Octagon, a win’s a win and the former heavyweight champ just collected his 14th. Like it or not, he’s leaving Indy with a victory and didn’t even have to draw upon his A-game to do so.
“I just pulled a victory over Mirko with no jiu jitsu,” Mir matter-of-factly stated.