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UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir results and post-fight analysis

Mookie Alexander provides his post-event analysis following Sunday's UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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Tonight was the night for the upset result at UFC Fight Night in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The only favorite to win on tonight's show was Ivan Jorge, who was the preliminary card opener. Everything else was Underdog City, which torpedoed my predictions directly into the sewer. Frank Mir capped off the night with a brutal knockout of Antonio Silva in less than 2 minutes, which was a fitting end to a generally poor night for Brazilian fighters.

Make no mistake about it, this was a big win for Mir if not simply to break his 4 year drought without a win, but to actually look good in the process. His boxing looked sharp and the finishing sequence of the jab-left hook combo was well executed. All of that said, there's zero reason to believe this singular outing against an opponent who probably should cease fighting propels him back into any serious title contention discussion. In all likelihood, it delays the inevitable of him getting destroyed once more.

Some other somewhat organized thoughts on tonight's show....

  • Antonio Silva has been knocked down and/or knocked out in 6 of his last 8 fights. I really do not see a need for the UFC to book him to compete again (although I would've said the exact same thing if Mir had lost). The sound of broken glass you hear in the beginning of Billy Joel's "You May Be Right" song closely resembles the current status of Bigfoot's chin.
  • Bigfoot, whose diagnosed medical condition (acromegaly) lowers his testosterone levels, will be seen as the counterargument (whether right or wrong) against the decision to completely ban TRT. He has a stronger case than anyone else for needing it, and his two fights post-TRT ban have been one-sided beatdowns.
  • Michael Johnson is a perfect example of someone whose physical gifts have been matched very well with the development of his MMA skils. This has been evident both with him and Anthony Johnson (no relation) at the Blackzilians, and Michael's speed and athleticism is among the best in the lightweight division. I was really impressed with his boxing and aggression against Edson Barboza, and he was able to eliminate the threat of leg kicks while keeping the pressure on Barboza and landing the better strikes. If you ask me, he should get a title shot with a win over any top 10 opponent he's matched up with next, and that could very well be Ben Henderson.
  • Sam Alvey sensationally knocked out Cezar Ferreira after barely landing anything for the duration of the fight. That was perhaps the loudest I've ever heard a Brazilian crowd applaud a foreigner defeating a Brazilian.
  • Has anyone taken a look at how TUF Brazil 1 fighters have performed post-show? The middleweights have been mediocre and the top three guys overall are probably Rony Jason, Francisco Trinaldo, and Sergio Moraes.
  • Adriano Martins had the unfortunate role of fighting an opponent way better than him very early in his UFC career. Martins was flattened by Donald Cerrone after beating Daron Cruickshank in his UFC debut, but has since proven himself to be a top 15 caliber guy with his decision win over Rustam Khabilov. He may not be a serious title contender, but he's very well-rounded and is at worst a formidable gatekeeper.
  • Khabilov's passivity killed him in this fight, and immediately pumps the breaks on him breaking into the top 10 any time soon. He looked far worse tonight than he did in a respectable showing vs. Ben Henderson.
  • Frankie Saenz's win over Iuri Alcantara provided us the biggest upset of the night, with oddsmakers placing Alcantara as high a -950. It emphatically ends Alcantara's time as a contender and creates a potential new one in Saenz.
  • Looking at the current UFC rankings, it's hard not to envision the UFC really pushing someone like Aljamain Sterling or John Lineker (if he doesn't weigh in at 139) to the forefront quicker than planned. This is a thin division torn apart by injuries, and there are just so few viable contenders right now.
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio looked almost two weight classes smaller than Sean Strickland, who moved down to welterweight, but that didn't deter the TUF Brazil 2 cast member in the slightest. He landed the best strikes throughout the fight and ended Strickland's perfect record. Strickland was just not efficient enough with his offense aside from his jab, and it seemed that he was almost content to counterstrike even down two rounds.
  • Apparently "the truck guys" were responsible for Marion Reneau being denied a TV interview following her impressive 2 minute submission win against Jessica Andrade. Instead, we were treated to a replay of the anti-thriller between Ivan Jorge and Josh Shockley. Tsk tsk, truck guys.
  • Matt Dwyer has gone from the tall guy who fell funny when he got KO'd by Albert Tumenov to being the tall guy who made another guy fall funny. His superman punch KO possibly sent the immensely disappointing William Macario out of the UFC.
  • Leon Roberts should think about stopping Mike de la Torre from hitting Tiago dos Santos in the face so often. Aaaaaaaany minute now.
  • Cody Gibson performed well in his fights against Aljamain Sterling and Manny Gamburyan. Heck, he had his moments against Douglas Silva de Andrade tonight, but his record in the UFC stands at 1-3 and his latest loss does not put him in a desirable position.