Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UFC Fight Night 61: 10 GIFs of Antonio Silva X Frank Mir

UFC Fight Night 61 (aka UFC Fight Night:  Bigfoot vs Mir) was held Feb 22, 2015 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This event set the record for the most wins by underdogs in 10 out of 11 bouts!

Former 2-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir (#13 / 16W-9L) faced the favorite Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (#8 / 18W-6L, 1 NC) in the Main Event. Mir going into the fight had a losing streak of 4 fights vs some of the top fighters in the Heavyweight Division, namely Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, Daniel Cormier and Junior Dos Santos. Silva in his last 4 fights saw him beat Alistair Overeem, a Loss to Cain Velazquez, a Draw against Mark Hunt and was KO’d by Andrei Arlovski.

Mir KO’d Bigfoot at the 1:40 mark in Rd 1 with a Left Jab-Left Hook combo and awarded a Performance of the Night bonus of $50,000. With this win, it was Mir’s first since 2011, and he set a record with tallying 12 Finishes, the most Finishes in UFC Heavyweight history. Rounding out the Top 4  Most Finishes in UFC Heavyweight history:  Gabriel Gonzaga is 2nd with his 11 finishes; Andrei Arlovski (10) and last but not least, Cain Velasquez with 9 finishes.

In the post-fight interview, Mir credited his new boxing coach, Angelo Reyes, for putting him on a different level – switching to Orthodox Stance (for Righties, Left Hand in front and Right in rear).

“I came out looking for the jab. I knew that, you know, hey, he hits hard. No doubt behind that he has a long right hand so when I got back to boxing, and I wrestle left side forward , so both the wrestling coach and our head coach Ricky,  Angelo said, ‘Hey, switch back to orthodox.’ So I did, that’s why I took the extra time off, learned how to box the correct way. I got back to the roots on it. That’s where you saw the jab, setting it up. It sets up everything, I’ve never had a dominating jab. And really, the dominating jab is an important punch, especially in the heavyweight division.”

Here are some GIF highlights I’ve made of the fight.

Congratulations to Frank Mir!


Left Jab-Left Hook Combo that floored Bigfoot

Mir's Ground and Pound

All-in-One Realtime GIF

All-in-One SloMo Replay GIF

Above GIF spliced into 3 separate SloMo's



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