Article

Better Late than Never, Mir KO’s Cro Cop


INDIANAPOLIS, September 25 – For nearly 14 minutes Saturday night, it wasn’t pretty. But in the next few seconds, Frank Mir ended the UFC’s first show in Indianapolis with a bang, knocking out Mirko Cro Cop in the final minute of the third round in the UFC 119 main event at the Conseco Fieldhouse.

Visibly bigger than his foe, Mir stalked Cro Cop at the bell, but time would tell the wisdom of this strategy. By the time the first minute ticked away, Cro Cop stuffed Mir’s initial takedown attempt but got pinned against the fence. In an ensuing exchange, Mir took a low knee, forcing a halt to the action. After a brief pause, the two re-engaged, with each missing shots at close range. Midway through the round, Cro Cop was starting to find his range with his straight left hand, but Mir responded by bulling the Croatian into the fence. After a stalemate, the two broke, but seconds later they were in the same position on the other side of the Octagon. Finally, with 39 seconds left in the round, referee Herb Dean called for a re-start, and while the two locked up again, it was Mir landing a good short right to the head before the bell.

The pace and action in the first half of round two was predictable, as Mir landed a couple of hard punches before sending Cro Cop into the fence, where he smothered any semblance of offense from the former PRIDE star. For his part, Cro Cop was unable to get loose, or when he was free, get any sort of offense going, and the crowd quickly grew restless. So did Dean, who called for another re-start with a minute left. And while Cro Cop threw one of his vaunted left kicks to Mir’s head late in the round, it didn’t come close to landing.

Cro Cop got into the position of aggressor to begin the final round, but Mir’s bouncing movement seemed to throw him off his own rhythm. With two minutes gone, he was able to land a hard shot to the side of the head, but Mir didn’t budge, opting instead to again pin his foe against the fence, which brought another Dean re-start with under two minutes left. Now Cro Cop showed more urgency to finish, but in the process, he left himself open for a counter left knee that sent him hard to the canvas, a follow-up barrage ended matters moments later, with Dean calling a stop to the bout at the 4:02 mark.

With the win, Mir improves to 14-5; Cro Cop falls to 27-8-2 with 1 NC.
일요일, 4월 26
11AM
KST
Montréal, Québec

미디어

최근
승리가 절실했던 브라질 출신의 라이트헤비급 파이터 파비오 말도나도는 UFC 179에서 한스 스트링거를 쓰러뜨렸다. 말도나도는 UFC 186 코메인이벤트에서 퀸튼 잭슨과 격돌한다.
2015. 4. 6
파이트나이트 뉴어크의 경기 후 기자회견 현장을 확인해보자.
2015. 4. 6
료토 마치다를 2라운드 서브미션으로 제압한 루크 락홀드가 백스테이지에서 메간 올리비를 만나 자신의 소감을 밝혔다.
2015. 4. 18
메간 올리비 기자가 베테랑 컵 스완슨을 길로틴 초크로 피니쉬한 맥스 할러웨이를 만나보았다.
2015. 4. 18