If you are an active MMA fan or Jiu Jitsu fan for that matter, I’m sure you’ve heard or said yourself “Man he submitted a ton of people.” Well that got me wondering… who has literally submitted a ton of people by weight (2000 lbs.)?
This week we take a look at one of my Wife’s favorite fighters. Francisco Santos “Frank” Mir III was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 24, 1979. Mir began training in Kenpo karate, under his father, at the family owned school as a child. While he was only a teenager he achieved his black belt in Kenpo karate.
After entering his junior year at Bonanza High School his father would convince him to take up wrestling. He thought it would help his son to get and stop the takedown after watching his first few UFC events.
After high school was behind him, Mir would begin the next step in his martial arts evolution, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. By 2004, Mir would receive his second black belt in a martial art, at just 25 years old, after being awarded it by Ricardo Pires.
Mir would make his victorious MMA debut at a HooknShoot event in July 2001 taking a two round decision over Jerome Smith. He would quickly follow that up with a first round Triangle Choke over Dan Quinn the following month at IFC WC 15. After only two bouts and just shy of four months, Mir would get his dream, the call up from the UFC.
November 2, 2001 UFC 34 would mark Mir’s first walk to the Octagon. His opponent for the bout would be Roberto Travern. Travern who was 6-1 at the time was coming off his first career loss. Mir would again get the first round submission, this time by armbar at just 1:05 of the bout.
He would go on to grab his third first round submission the following spring. This time vs. veteran Pete Williams at UFC 36 via Inside Shoulder Lock at 0:47 of the bout. This would end up being the final fight of Williams’ career. Mir would suffer his first career loss four months later at UFC 38, where Ian Freeman would stop him with 25 seconds left in the first round.
Mir would rebound from the loss with 3 straight wins setting him up vs. Tim Sylvia for the UFC heavyweight title. The bout would take place at UFC 48 in June 2004. It was stopped in the first round at 0:50 when the ref noticed Sylvia’s forearm pop while Mir had him trapped in an armbar. Mir would have his first taste of UFC gold and at the same time earn his black belt in BJJ for the feat.
Everything was going great in Mir’s life. Receiving his black belt in BJJ, capturing the UFC heavyweight strap, having a very successful MMA career of 8-1 with 6 stoppages. Then horrible news broke on September 17, 2004. Mir was involved in an auto accident while on his motorcycle. The result, a broken femur and virtually all the ligaments in his knee were torn.
This would eventually result in Mir being stripped of the title after 14 months of being unable to defend. The UFC would name the very challenger who they had been planning for Mir to make his first title defense against, Andrei Arlovski vs. Tim Sylvia for the interim heavyweight championship at UFC 51.
Now over a year and a half removed from him claiming the heavyweight crown, Mir would begin his journey once again. With two first round TKO losses over his next three bouts, fans started to wonder if Mir was damaged goods. However, I have learned you can never count out Frank Mir.
He would make a resurgence in his MMA career begining in August 2007 where he would again score a first round submission. This time over an opponent who had never been stopped in Antoni Hardonk at UFC 74 via Kimura. Next up for Mir would stand the massive challenge of debuting giant Brock Lesnar. Lesnar would begin by dropping Mir and then landing some ground and pound before the ref stepped in due to a shot in the back of the head. After Mir had recovered a point was deducted from Lesnar then the bout restarted. Lesnar again dropped Mir and landed some brutal ground and pound. While trying to jump out of Mir’s grip, during some great transitions while being pummeled, Mir was able to wrap up a leg and claim the tap at just 1:30 of the first round via kneebar.
Mir was now back at the top and ready for an end of the year challenge for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s interim heavyweight title at UFC 92. Mir did the impossible in the second round of the stand-up dominant bout, handing Nogueira his first career stoppage loss, and becoming the UFC interim heavyweight champ.
Now set up to face Brock Lesnar in a rematch at UFC 98, fans around the world would be disappointed once again. Mir would have to pull out of the bout due to a knee injury. They would finally get the chance for their rematch in the main event of the historic UFC 100. Mir would again face a setback losing to Lesnar in the second round by vicious ground and pound.
Mir would go on to win four of his next five bouts. With three stoppages and another huge win over Nogueira, this time via first round kimura where he snapped Nogueira’s arm. Then, after going 2-6 in his last 8 UFC bouts, Mir asked for his release from the UFC. This coming after his first round KO loss to Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 85 and then testing positive for oral turinabol metabolites by USADA. Mir is serving a two-year suspension which is up in April 2018.
In August Mir announced that he had signed with Bellator MMA. Last month Bellator announced that they would hold an eight man tournament for the vacant heavyweight title. Shortly after Mir, King Mo, Chael Sonnen, Matt Mitrione, Roy Nelson, Fedor Emelianenko, Rampage Jackson and Ryan Bader were named as competitors for the year-long tournament. Mir has drawn a tough challenge for his promotional debut in the legend Emelianenko. This will mark Mir’s first bout outside of the UFC since signing in 2001.
In his 29 fight career Mir has submitted 9 of his opponents totaling 2,191 lbs. of men.
In order from most recent:
Antonio Nogueira UFC 140 1st rnd. Kimura @ 3:38 239 lbs.
Cheick Kongo UFC 107 1st rnd. Guillotine @ 1:12 239 lbs.
Brock Lesnar UFC 81 1st rnd. Kneebar @ 1:30 265 lbs.
Antoni Hardonk UFC 74 1st rnd. Kimura @ 1:17 244 lbs.
Tim Sylvia UFC 48 1st rnd. Armbar @ 0:50 263 lbs.
David Abbott UFC 41 1st rnd. Toe Hold @ 0:46 248 lbs.
Pete Williams UFC 36 1st rnd. Inside Shoulder Lock @ 0:46 225 lbs.
Roberto Traven UFC 34 1st rnd. Armbar @ 1:05 243 lbs.
Dan Quinn IFC WC 15 1st rnd. Triangle Choke @ 2:15 225 lbs.
Which is your favorite Mir submission?
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