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Frank Mir

Frank Mir

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  • Given Name: Francisco Santos Mir III
  • Professional MMA Record: 16-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname:
  • Current Streak: 4 Losses
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1979.05.24
  • Last Fight: February 01, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 256.5 lbs
  • Affiliation: Jackson's MMA
  • Height: 6'3" (190cm) | Reach: 79.0" (201cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,564,000 USD
  • Born: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Frank Mir made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2001 and worked his way into the UFC that same year, defeating Pete Williams with an inside shoulder lock in his fourth fight. After suffering the first defeat of his career to Ian Freeman in 2002, Mir rebounded with four straight victories. He took the UFC Heavyweight Championship in a major upset over Tim Sylvia at UFC 48 in 2004, breaking the defending champion’s arm in the process. Although he was lauded as the best heavyweight in the world after the win, tragedy struck the same year when Mir was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident on September 17, 2004 that broke his femur and tore all of the ligaments in his knee. His return to the cage would come two years later when the not-fully-recovered Mir disappointed fans by losing to Marcio Cruz by TKO in the first round, and repeated the dismal performance against surging young star Brandon Vera later that year.


After being written off by many, Mir came back healthier, stronger and more focused in 2007-2008 to win three straight fights over Antoni Hardonk, Brock Lesnar, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to win the Interim Heavyweight Championship, proving that his return back from the accident had been rushed. Mir was the first man to ever finish the legendary “Minotauro” Nogueira. However, Nogueira later claimed he had been suffering from a staph infection, leading to bad blood between the two men.


Predominantly known for his expert-level ground skills—especially off of his back—in a division where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts are relatively less common, Mir has evolved his stand-up in recent years to rival that of anyone in the heavyweight division. He duplicated his finish of Nogueira with strikes in 2008 by knocking down French kickboxer Cheick Kongo with a hard left hand in 2009 and finishing him off on the ground. He also is the  only fighter to ever win a fight by toe hold submission in UFC history.


One of the most talented trash-talkers in the sport, Mir is one of the best in the world at selling a fight, often at the expense of his opponent’s personal dignity. He was also embroiled in one of the most famous feuds in MMA history with WWE import Brock Lesnar, settling on a 1-1 record with the heavyweight behemoth when the dust cleared. The articulate Mir is also an accomplished MMA sportscaster, having called many of the WEC’s live events on cable.


After dropping a fight to Shane Carwin he would go on a three fight win streak with victories over Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson and a come from behind Submission of the Night in a rematch over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The Cro Cop fight had been so uneventful however, that even though it was the only knockout that night it did not receive a "Knockout of the Night" bonus. The Nelson fight was also a letdown, but the Nog clash was a thriller. Nogueira was able to stun Mir with punches, but had after a series of submission reversals, Mir was able the break the Pride veteran's arm with a kimura.


This was enough to earn Mir the title shot against Junior Dos Santos but he would fall short in his attempt losing by TKO in the second round. He attempted to take down the UFC champion several times, but was unsuccessful, before being knocked out by the champions superior striking.  He was then supposed to fight the Heavyweight Gran Prix winner in Strikeforce, Daniel Cromier. The bout with Cormier was expected to take place on November 3, 2012 at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir However, on September 19 it was revealed that Mir suffered an injury in training and was forced to pull out of the match up.  The bout was then rescheduled for UFC on Fox 7.   Mir lost the uneventful fight by unanimous decision.  Next Frank would welcome Josh Barnett back to the UFC on August 31st, UFC 164: Henderson vs Pettis 2. Mir was unable to deal with the striking of Barnett and would end up on the losing end of a TKO in the first round for his third straight loss. He would end up losing his next fight as well against Alistair Overeem at UFC 169. The loss would make his fourth in a row so it remains to be seen what will happen with the former champ.


Last updated 04.09.2014, 2:54 PM ET
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Frank Mir Heavyweight Ranking History

Frank Mir MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Alistair Overeem
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2014.02.01
Odds: +330 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 256.5 lbs
Cancelled Bout Alistair Overeem UFC 167 2013.11.16
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:56 Round 1 of 3

Josh Barnett
Ref: Rob Hinds

UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.08.31
Odds: +155 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 248.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Kanye West - Amazing
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Daniel Cormier
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.04.20
Odds: +310 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 257.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Daniel Cormier Strikeforce 2012.11.03
Reason: Mir Knee Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:04 Round 2 of 5, 8:04 Total

Junior Dos Santos
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2012.05.26
Odds: +400 Heavy Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 261.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Kanye West - Amazing
#36 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Cancelled Bout Cain Velasquez UFC 146 2012.05.26
Reason: Mir to Title Fight
Win | Submission | Shoulder
3:38 Round 1 of 3

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.12.10
Odds: -220 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 260.0 lbs
#37 Greatest Fight of All Time
#1 Greatest Submission of All Time
#12 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#20 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#2 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
#6 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 140 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Roy Nelson
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2011.05.28
Odds: -125 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $250,000 ($125K Base, $125K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 260.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
4:02 Round 3 of 3, 14:02 Total

Mirko Filipovic
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 119: Mir vs Cro Cop
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.09.25
Odds: -225 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 252.0 lbs
#38 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
Cancelled Bout Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira UFC 119 2010.09.25
Reason: Nogueira Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:48 Round 1 of 5

Shane Carwin
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 111: St-Pierre vs Hardy
Co-Main Event | Interim Title | Heavyweight | 265

2010.03.27
Odds: -158 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 265.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy - Amazing
#96 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#10 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC 111 Knockout of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:12 Round 1 of 3

Cheick Kongo
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.12.12
Odds: -192 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 264.5 lbs
Walkout Music: Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy - Amazing
#39 Greatest Submission of All Time
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:48 Round 2 of 5, 6:48 Total

Brock Lesnar
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 100
Main Event | Title Match | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.07.11
Odds: +185 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $45,000 Base | Weigh-In: 245.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Kanye West - Amazing
#26 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
Cancelled Bout Brock Lesnar UFC 98 2009.05.23
Reason: Mir Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:54 Round 2 of 5, 6:54 Total

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2008.12.27
Odds: +278 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($45K Base, $45K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 251.0 lbs
#44 Biggest Upset of All Time
#29 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:30 Round 1 of 3

Brock Lesnar
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 81: Breaking Point
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.02.02
Odds: +138 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $140,000 ($40K Base, $40K Bonus, $60K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 255.0 lbs
#12 Greatest Submission of All Time
#20 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 81 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Shoulder
1:17 Round 1 of 3

Antoni Hardonk
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 74: Respect
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.08.25
Odds: -170 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $66,000 ($36K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 255.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Antoni Hardonk UFC UFN 9 2007.04.05
Reason: Mir Withdrew
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:09 Round 1 of 3

Brandon Vera
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 65: Bad Intentions
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.11.18
Odds: +295 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $36,000 Base | Weigh-In: 254.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dan Christison
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 61: Bitter Rivals
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.07.08
Odds: -305 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $56,000 ($28K Base, $28K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 262.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:10 Round 1 of 3

Marcio Cruz
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.02.04
Odds: -300 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $26,000 Base | Weigh-In: 257.0 lbs
#46 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock
0:50 Round 1 of 5

Tim Sylvia
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 48: Payback
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2004.06.19
Odds: +185 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($60K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 253.0 lbs
#7 Greatest Submission of All Time
#17 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:21 Round 2 of 3, 9:21 Total

Wes Sims
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 46: Supernatural
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2004.01.31
Odds: -225 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($60K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 249.0 lbs
Win | Disqualificaton
2:55 Round 1 of 3

Wes Sims
Ref: Nelson Hamilton

UFC 43: Meltdown
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2003.06.06
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 248.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:46 Round 1 of 3

David Abbott
Ref: Larry Landless

UFC 41: Onslaught
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2003.02.28
Odds: +105 Near Even | Weigh-In: 250.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:35 Round 1 of 3

Ian Freeman
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2002.07.13
Weigh-In: 237.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Shoulder
0:46 Round 1 of 3

Pete Williams
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC 36: Worlds Collide
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2002.03.22
#37 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock
1:05 Round 1 of 3

Roberto Traven
Ref: Larry Landless

UFC 34: High Voltage
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2001.11.02
Weigh-In: 247.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke

Dan Quinn

International Fighting Championship

2001.08.31
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Jerome Smith

HOOKnSHOOT

2001.07.14

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