One of the best night of fights, if not the best, in MMA’s short history went down with UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008 on Saturday night live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. To most, the event will be remembered undoubtedly for its upsets, but for me (having picked the three main events correctly) it will be a night remembered for the impressive performances put on by the winners.
The most impressive performance of the night clearly has to be that of Frank Mir who not only beat Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera, nor not only became the first man to finish the soon to be Hall of Fame Brazilian, but dominated him so completely that you would’ve thought that Mir was the Hall of Famer instead.
And that’s just it. Mir is as talented of a heavyweight mixed martial artist that has ever stepped into the cage. People tend to discount a lot of what happens outside of the octagon when judging a fighter and when it comes to Mir that is something that you can’t do.
After winning the UFC Heavyweight title at the young age of 24, Mir seemed on his way to greatness. One ride on his motorcycle would change all of that, or so it seemed.
After about two years of rehabilitation for a severely broken leg, the Las Vegas native returned to the Octagon without his heavyweight strap. It took Mir three fights and another year and a half to return mentally to the fight game. With a quick submission win over Antoni Hardonk at UFC 68, Mir announced his return.
And that’s what people tend to forget with Mir. Instead of looking at the talent, the potential and the character of the man, they focused on a handful of fights that took place while he wasn’t mentally recovered. Then when it was brought up, people needed to be shown this to believe it. Very few can believe something without seeing it happen.
Well Saturday night the doubters got their proof. Mir broke through with a performance that will go down in history as the first and perhaps the only to finish Noguiera so convincingly. At 29 and again the UFC Heavyweight champion (soon to fight for the undisputed title), Mir is back on top again.
Unlike before, he knows what it takes to stay there.