FightMetric: Reem outstruck Mir 139 to 5

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Fans anticipated that someone was going to tap, snap, or nap in Saturday's Alistair Overeem vs. Frank Mir fight. However, a cautious, intelligent Overeem ended up taking a truly one sided unanimous decision.

Overeem's strategy was not particularly fan friendly, but it was smart and effective given that he had lost two in a row. However, it was perhaps not apparent how completely lopsided the fight was until Fight Metric released their report:

Frank Mir attempted 26 punches over 15 minutes, landing five of them, three significant. This of course comes out to one significant punch per five minute round. By contrast Alistair Overeem attempted 157 punches, landing 139, 62 significant.

Frank Mir, 34, has now lost four fights in a row, two by one-side decision, and two by Referee Stops Contest due to strikes. This is a dangerous sport, and Mir has been fighting in it for 13 years. He already needs Testosterone Replacement Therapy, which some research ties to head trauma. He is a former UFC Heavyweight champion, and holds the record for most victories, most submissions, and most fights in the history of the division. To some of his biggest fans, this might be a great time to retire.

However, Mir's big loss was not Overeem's big gain.

Overeem probably did not earn a lot of new fans with his post fight speech.

“I heard Brock Lesnar is coming back,” said the Dutchman. “If he is…..I'll be here.”

UFC president Dana White said post fight that while he had talked with Lesnar, there were no plans for a return.

A puzzled Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva echoed a lot of fan sentiment with his‏ response.

“Why he call Brock Lesnar?” tweeted the Brazilian. “I'm here…”

An underwhelmed UFC president Dana White was more cutting.

“He comes out with a crappy performance, then he calls out a guy who doesn't even fight anymore,” said White on FOX Sports 1. “Not a great night for Alistair.”

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