Fightography: Frank Mir
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24 Videos Jun. 19, 2014
1 Fightography: Frank Mir
Few champions regain a UFC title – and none in as extraordinary circumstances as heavyweight Frank Mir. Here, in his own words, Mir reflects on the two vastly difference nights he won the UFC heavyweight championship.
Jun. 19, 2014
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2 Frank Mir vs Roberto Traven UFC 34
Heavyweights collide at UFC 34 as Roberto Traven takes on a young Frank Mir. The future UFC champions grappling skills were put to the test against the BJJ World Champion Roberto Traven.
Nov. 2, 2001
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3 Frank Mir vs. Pete Williams UFC 36
To this day, it’s a unique finish! A contest between heavyweight submission aces as Octagon veteran and Lion’s Den product Pete Williams tangled with Nevada State high school wrestling champion turned Ricardo Pires’ BJJ prospect - Frank Mir.
Mar. 22, 2002
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4 Ian Freeman vs. Frank Mir UFC 38
It doesn’t get much bigger than this! England’s first true MMA star Ian “The Machine” Freeman entered the Octagon as the bruising heavyweight, home-country hero against undefeated American submission specialist Frank Mir.
Jul. 13, 2002
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5 Frank Mir vs Tank Abbott UFC 41
Tank Abbott returned to the Octagon to take on the up and coming submission master Frank Mir at UFC 41.
Feb. 28, 2003
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6 Frank Mir vs. Wes Sims UFC 43
Originally scheduled to feature Ken Shamrock, filling-in on short notice was his teammate in Lion’s Den’s stand-up specialist Vernon “Tiger” White in his Octagon debut against the 14-6, English punching powerhouse - Ian “The Machine” Freeman.
Jun. 6, 2003
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7 Frank Mir vs. Wes Sims UFC 46
A heavyweight rematch stemming from their infamous first encounter at UFC 43, the enormous 6’8” Team Hammer House product Wes Sims promised to keep things legal this time against the 7-1 ground specialist Frank Mir.
Jan. 31, 2004
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8 Frank Mir vs. Tim Sylvia UFC 48
At first the fans inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center booed the stoppage between UFC® Heavyweight Bouts Champion Frank Mir and Tim Sylvia. But most changed their minds as the saw the replay of Syliva's arm breaking during Mir's arm bar attempt.
Jun. 19, 2004
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9 Marcio Cruz vs. Frank Mir UFC 57
Frank Mir's long awaited comeback is over quickly as he falls to Jiu-Jitsu another master Marcio Cruz in the 1st round at UFC® 57.
Feb. 4, 2006
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10 Frank Mir vs. Dan Christison UFC 61
After a rough return to the Octagon, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir desperately needed a win against a fellow grappling threat Dan “The Sandman” Christison who scored a Submission & Fight of the Night bonus in his Octagon debut.
Jul. 8, 2006
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11 Brandon Vera vs. Frank Mir UFC 65
After a motorcycle accident derailed his career Frank Mir stepped back into the Octagon™ to test his resolve against up and coming Brandon Vera. The fireworks were fast and furious as the bout was over in a little over a minute.
Nov. 18, 2006
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12 Frank Mir vs. Antoni Hardonk UFC 74
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir squares off against former K-1 kickboxer Antoni Hardonk at UFC 74.
Aug. 25, 2007
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13 Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar UFC 81
The big question coming into this fight was, "Can Brock Lesnar fight?" He answered that question early on as he took the former UFC Heavyweight Bouts Champion Frank Mir down in the first few seconds of the first round. But the veteran Mir was far from finished as he was able to pull guard and show Lesnar his jiu-jitsu skills.
Feb. 2, 2008
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14 Frank Mir vs. Minotauro Nogueira UFC 92
Two of the greatest Heavyweight division Jiu-jitsu specialists finally got their chance to square off when they met inside the Octagon at UFC 92 for the Interim Heavyweight championship. However, it wasn’t their ground skills that were showcased; Mir picked apart Nogueira while on their feet ending the fight in the second round via TKO.
Dec. 27, 2008
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15 Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir UFC 100
The most anticipated rematch in UFC history showcases Frank Mir versus Brock Lesnar.  Lesnar dominated the first fight before clumsily falling victim to a kneebar. The stakes are higher this time, as the winner will unify the two Heavyweight Titles.
Jul. 11, 2009
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16 Frank Mir vs. Cheick Kongo UFC 107
The war of words between Frank Mir and Cheick Kongo has created some bad blood leading up to this fight. Mir and Kongo go into this bout with full intentions of finishing the fight and silencing their opponent.
Dec. 12, 2009
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17 Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir UFC 111
Former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir will attempt to make history when he squares off against number one contender Shane Carwin in a clash of the titans that will leave the winner with the interim belt.
Mar. 27, 2010
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18 Frank Mir vs. Mirko Cro Cop UFC 119
Mirko Cro Cop is one of the most devastating strikers to compete in MMA, and his high left kick has lead many opponents to a brutal KO. Frank Mir, a high level black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission artist with wrestling skills, looks to win.
Sep. 25, 2010
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19 Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson UFC 130
Frank Mir and Roy Nelson might be friends outside the cage, but when you’re in the Octagon, no one is your friend. Mir and Nelson are looking to get back into title contention, and if beating each other up is what it takes, then that’s what they will do.
May. 28, 2011
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20 Frank Mir vs. Minotauro Nogueira UFC 140
It’s the rematch fight fans have demanded, as Frank Mir faces Minotauro Nogueira in a clash of heavyweight greats.
Dec. 10, 2011
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21 Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir UFC 146
The UFC heavyweight belt will be on the line at UFC 146 when Brazil's Junior Dos Santos defends his heavyweight gold against former UFC champ Frank Mir. In this expert striker vs. BJJ black belt match-up its hard to see this one going the distance.
May. 26, 2012
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22 Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir UFC Fight Night
Rising standout in the UFC's heavyweight division, Daniel 'DC' Cormier takes his perfect 11-0 record into the Octagon against former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Mir looks to bounce back from the interim title loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146.
Apr. 20, 2013
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23 Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir UFC 164
Heavyweights Frank Mir and Josh Barnett first fought on the same card at UFC 34. Now, 130 numbered events later, the two former champions will finally meet in clash of two of the division's best submission wrestlers... and trash-talkers.
Aug. 31, 2013
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24 Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 169
As heavyweight superstars looking to get back on track, former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem and two-time UFC titleholder Frank Mir meet each other in a pivotal bout that will determine their immediate future in the Octagon.
Feb. 1, 2014
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