Clearly Mir is no pushover based on his run as heavyweight champ and success against some of the division’s top talent. Though his bout with Nogueira was evenly matched, the fight was a jaw-dropper based on how things went down. Mir was rocked early and seemed to be on his way out when Nogueira decided to go for a submission. Mir countered, maneuvering into position for a Kimura he quickly locked onto and ultimately used to break the Brazilian’s arm after “Minotauro” refused to tap out.
There may be two title-fights on tap in Toronto this Saturday night at UFC 165 but the mainstream consensus seems to be both match-ups already have foregone conclusions with champions Jon Jones and Renan Barao each retaining his divisional belt. However, the way pairings break down on paper doesn’t necessarily dictate the way action unfolds in the Octagon, and any fan with an ounce of experience watching MMA understands there are no guarantees when it comes to victory. As such, it’s very possible contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Eddie Wineland could shock the world and end up with a hand raised at the event. If so, they certainly wouldn’t be the first UFC fighters to pull off an upset in Canada. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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