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UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee – Winners and losers

Karim Zidan delves into the real winners and losers from Wednesday evening’s UFC Fight Night event from San Diego, California.

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The UFC opted to host another Wednesday evening of fights on the heels of International Fight Week, yet it was far from the memorable experience of the previous weekend. With little time to recover from the previous 22 fights, fans were made to endure a slew of humdrum decisions with sporadic finishes sprinkled in between. While the event certainly had its highs, it was difficult to envision another purpose for this fight card other than to satisfy the scheduling demands of the swelling roster.

Winners

Frank Mir played Rock'em Sock'em Robots with Duffee from the opening bell until he eventually landed a ferocious left hook that dropped his opponent like a sack of potatoes. The fight lasted a total of 73 seconds and was an exceptionally entertaining one for its entire duration. Mir proved that he is still capable of pulling off upset wins when underestimated by fans and pundits alike, and once again beat a heavyweight at his own game. The former two-time UFC heavyweight champion simply won't go away quietly.

Tony Ferguson and Josh Thompson took part in the Fight of the Night on the San Diego broadcast co-main event to delight the crowd in attendance. It was arguably the biggest fight of Ferguson's career and moved his win streak to six consecutive fights, which ties him with Khabib Nurmagomedov and puts him just two wins behind frontrunner Donald Cerrone. He will continue to get increasingly challenging competition.

Kevin Lee earned the fifth submission win of his career and moved to 4-1 under the UFC banner following a rear-naked choke win against James Moontasri. The ‘Motown Phenom' continues to prove that he is a talent worth keeping an eye on and finally earned his first finish in the UFC. It will be interesting to see who he gets matched up against next as he continues his gradual climb in the lightweight division.

Alan Jouban landed a ridiculous knee to a downed Matt Dywer and ended up having a point deducted late in the opening round. However, he turned it around in the following rounds, as he took an aggressive turn and landed several impressive, flashy strikes like a cartwheel kick to secure the decision win. It was one of the better fights of the night and moved Jouban to 3-1 under the UFC banner. He is also on a two-fight win streak, which includes a KO win over Richard Walsh. Given that he requested two more fights in 2015, should he win them, he'd have had quite a successful year.

Lyman Good may have been buried on the Ultimate Fighter but he made good in his UFC debut with a second round knockout on the curtain jerker fight of the evening. He looked sharp and patient in his promotional debut, won all the major exchanges in the opening round and eventually found his opening and landed the short right hand in the second round to signal the beginning of the end. The former Bellator champion will now continue his rise up the UFC welterweight ranks.

Losers

Todd Duffee called out Frank Mir and was handed the opportunity to propel himself forward with a victory against the former champion. However, instead of gaining momentum with the biggest win of his career, Duffee instead suffered the most ferocious KO loss of his career when he was starched by Mir just 73 seconds into the fight. Unlikely to work his way into contender status, Duffee will now feel the pressure to prove that he belongs on the UFC roster.

Marion Reneau was faced with a boxer/kickboxer with minimal experience in grappling, yet decided to refrain from takedowns and decided to remain in front of the seasoned striker. As expected, that did not end well for her, as she was picked apart and showed little in the way of strategy.

Andrew Craig did not look terrible in his fight against Good but was simply a tad slower than he needed to be and was not utilizing enough head movement. That eventually cost him the fight, as Good landed a short right hand to drop Craig. Although this was his welterweight debut, Craig is now 1-4 in his last five fights after starting his UFC tenure with a 2-0 record.

Other Notes

Holly Holm was once considered one of the brightest prospects in the women's bantamweight division and a near-immediate challenger for Ronda Rousey. On the heels of remarkable media attention for a debuting fighter, Holm took part in a boring fight. Now, with dramatically less media attention this time around, Holm was unable to make a statement again in her fight. Granted, Marion Reneau was the biggest win of her professional career, and a dominant one at that - it was anything but memorable, and the days of Holm being an exciting challenger for Rousey are a distant past.