Junior dos Santos (15-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) has completed his first successful heavyweight title defense. The quick-handed reigning champ defeating the former champion, and submission specialist, Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, NV via TKO (punches) in round two. Here is the full play-by-play.
Mir takes the center. Cicgano circles. Mir shoots in slowly for the single, and JDS escapes. Stiff jab lands for Dos Santos. Head kick misses for Mir. Crowd chants “USA.” Dos Santos lands to the mid-section. Frank starts to work the low leg kicks. Frank gets caught on the temp trying to come in. Mir goes back to low leg, lands a straight left. JDS rips to the body again. Uppercut misses for JDS. Right cross lands on Mir. Mir rocked with a right hook and looks dizzied as he stumbles back. JDS capitalizes with a good combo. Mir shoots in and fails the takedown as the round ends.
Quick straight right lands for JDS. A hook in the pocket drops Mir and JDS asks to have it standing. Ref. Herb Dean resets the two. Mir backs after an exchange telling the ref. he was poked in the eye. Dean says he did not see. Mir is now blinking with one eye. A straight right to the cheek of Mir drops him to the ground! Mir rolls and JDS follows up with one hammer punch for good measure, but it is unneeded as Ref. Herb Dean waves it off.
Junior dos Santos defeats Frank Mir via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:04
UFC champ JDS stands undisputed, and undefeated as he takes out his ninth straight UFC heavyweight. Interestingly the champ predicted the second round TKO of Mir as he fulfilled his prediction at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Likely next for the champion will be former champ, Cain Velasquez. The two faced-off in Nov. 2011 where Dos Santos pulled the early knockout in the first.