A little over a year ago, Frank Mir had suffered his fourth straight loss (three of which came by TKO) — and the consensus of MMA fans was that the Las Vegas native’s career had met its end. Mir had already won UFC heavyweight gold twice– so why bother continuing?

Mir begged to differ — and back in February, the 36 year old surprised many by knocking out the favored Antonio Silva at 1:40 of the first round.

Last night, the former champion drove his point home with his second straight first round knockout victory, ended UFC Fight Night 71 with a memorable win — knocking out the 29 year old rising star Todd Duffee.

He’s always been noted more as a grappler than a striker — but Mir traded punches with Duffee from the opening bell. The Florida-based Duffee, who entered the Octagon a two-to-one favorite on a three fight winning streak, struggled a bit with the southpaw Mir’s better use of angles — and eventually was knocked senseless by an overhand left.

Duffee fell to 9-3 with the loss. Mir moved his overall MMA record to 18-9 — a career that has taken place almost exclusively with the UFC.

The fight moved Mir up in the record books as well. The win, which came at 1:13 of the first stanza, marked Mir’s 13th win within the distance. He now holds the second most victories by finish in UFC history — trailing only Anderson Silva.  He already held the record for most fights, wins, and finishes in UFC heavyweight history.

Earlier in the evening, Tony Ferguson scored his sixth straight win with a unanimous decision over Josh Thompson in a match of two of the world’s top lightweights. Ferguson utilized a substantial reach advantage, along with some unorthodox movement, to dominate the bout.

For a full play-by-play account of UFC Fight Night 71, see our coverage at https://www.cagedinsider.com/general-2/ufc-fn-71-main-card-play-by-play-and-results/