July 12, 2009
Lesnar retains title with dominating win
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Brock Lesnar retained his UFC heavyweight championship with a dominating second round TKO win over interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir on Saturday at UFC 100 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
This fight was a rematch of their February 2008 bout which saw Lesnar dominate until the UFC rookie made a mistake and Mir, a jiu-jitsu ace, took advantage and locked in a kneebar to end the fight.
The two have been on a collision course since, with both men winning their fights in an unofficial heavyweight title tournament.
Lesnar defeated Randy Couture for the heavyweight title in November while Mir beat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the interim title in December.
Saturday, Lesnar secured an early takedown and stayed close to Mir to avoid making any mistakes or making it easy for Mir to submit him.
Mir, who called Lesnar's ground-and-pound more "annoying" than anything during the UFC's countdown show earlier in the week found out the hard way for seven minutes that Lesnar's ground-and-pound was not annoying, it was devastating.
Unlike the first fight between the two, Lesnar was patient this time around and worked Mir over on the ground throughout the first round. When the two fighters got up at the end of the round, Mir's face looked like it has been through a meat grinder.
Mir, who has fancied himself as a striker after his TKO win over Nogueira, landed a nice shot and two knees that appeared to hurt the former WWE Champion but it was Mir this time who was overly aggressive and got taken down.
Lesnar regrouped his faculties for a few moments and then went to work, drilling Mir with right hand after right hand. Referee Herb Dean gave Mir a lot of leeway but finally stepped in to save the bloody, battered and beaten Mir.
Lesnar celebrated his win by talking trash to Mir and flipping off the crowd.
Lesnar moves to 4-1 on his career.
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