By Zach Arnold | February 22, 2015
A proposal so crazy yet so obvious, it just might work a half a decade later. Too bad Frank Mir didn’t call out Brock Lesnar after tagging Bigfoot Silva in Porto Alegre:
What a huge opportunity missed. How do you not call out Lesnar? Thought Mir was smarter than that.
— FrontRowBrian® (@FrontRowBrian) February 23, 2015
Sunday’s fight between Bigfoot Silva and Frank Mir was highly ironic given their… updated… stance on testosterone usage that they declared a few days ago.
There are lots of impactful match-ups for UFC to book this calendar year but Mir/Lesnar still carries more marketing punch than anything on the horizon sans Jon Jones/Anthony Johnson. Stacked cards are valuable but so is veteran star power. Plus, Mir vs. Lesnar is a fight that’s on the edge of UFC Heavyweight importance — neither guy is as good as Werdum or Cain, but they’re good enough to be taken seriously with such a shallow talent pool in the division. Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson are still fighting.
As for UFC’s card Sunday night in Brazil…
And there you go again. I'm not sure how much Brazilian fans can take going to these events and watching all their key fighters lose #ufc
— MMA Supremacy (@MMASupremacy) February 23, 2015
A brutal night for the favorites.
- Frank Mir defeated Bigfoot Silva in 100 seconds in R1 by KO.
- Michael Johnson defeated Edson Barboza after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Sam Alvey knocked out crowd favorite Cezar Ferreira in R1 in 3′34.
- Adriano Martins defeated Rustam Khabilov by split decision.
- Frankie Saenz defeated Yuri Alcantara by unanimous decision.
- Marion Reneau defeated Jessica Andrade in under two minutes with a choke.
Onto Staples Center for Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano. I’m not sure most casual fans know the other fights on the card… Hey, Gleison Tibau is fighting a month after his split decision win in Boston.