UFC 164’s co-main event matched Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, two of the heavyweight division’s most dynamic submission artists in history, but their bout was contested entirely in standup.
The two attacked from the opening bell, with Mir out-landing Barnett with punches — but Barnett scoring what appeared the more meaningful strikes with knees and elbows in the clinch. Barnett then took the advantage, getting through with a series of uppercuts, along with more knees and elbows in the clinch. A knee to the head dropped Mir to the mat, and referee Rob Hinds stepped in at 1:56 to call a halt to the action.
The decision was unpopular with the Milwaukee crowd. Mir bounced right back to his feet to protest, to no avail.
At UFC 164, Josh Barnett defeated Frank Mir by T/KO (knee to the head) at 1:56 of round one.