Against the odds: the history of Frank Mir’s UFC career

by: Sohail Arif / Jack Bratcher

Frank Mir started his UFC career in 2001 at UFC 34 against a very high level BJJ black belt practitioner in Roberto Traven (Mundial winner and an ADCC champion). Frank Mir was a purple belt at the time and submitted Travern in just over one minute into round one.  It was a very impressive debut and everyone took notice.

In his next bout at UFC 36 Frank was pitted against UFC veteran Pete Williams. Williams had faced the likes of Kevin Randleman, Semmy Schilt and former UFC HW Champion, Ricco Rodriguez.  He had never been submitted in his career, yet Frank Mir in his second UFC bout submitted Williams in just 46 seconds with a very impressive shoulder lock.

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UFC 91 PPV numbers look good

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting early returns on UFC 91 pay-per-view buys range from 800,000-850,000 purchases. While Couture vs. Lesnar did not quite hit the 1.2 million mark Dana White openly predicted, UFC 91 ranks only behind UFC 66 Liddell vs Ortiz 2 in terms of PPV buys.

The Dana White media machine provided the public with enough UFC Kool-aid to make people want to spend $44.95 on the bout.  Although the UFC 91 card had many exciting finishes, as a whole it did not have much star power outside the main event.

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UFC 91 Paid Attendence Figures

The final figures are in and the paid attendance for last Saturday’s UFC 91 topped out at 10,845. The Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Executive Director Keith Kizer reported the figures earlier this afternoon. Immediately following the event Dana White announced the live gate and attendance figure’s of $4.8 million and 14,272 at the MGM Grand. … Read more

M-1 releases statement about Brock Lesnar

Oh man, one cool thing about this sport is there is ALWAYS something going on. It’s almost like a soap opera at times.  Fedor Emelianenko’s management company, M-1 released a statement on Tuesday claiming the long-talked about fight between Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko has now “lost its luster” due to Randy losing to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91.

Most people would agree with that. In fact, PRO MMA even agrees with that since we already have an article up about that very subject.

In an effort to stifle any bright ideas the UFC might have about labeling Brock Lesnar as the best heavyweight in the world, M-1 is issuing a challenge to have Brock Lesnar fight Fedor in a “superfight.”  M-1 proposes that the UFC will try to say Lesnar is the number one heavyweight in the world much like they have tried to use a “marketing campaign” claiming Anderson Silva is the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

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Kim Couture interview – Pro MMA Radio exclusive

Kim Couture prepares for fourth fight of the year

Female professional mixed martial arts fighter, Kim “Sugar Free Couture”, spoke with our good friend Larry Pepe over at Pro MMA Radio Monday evening. Kim had a lot to say about her husband, Randy Couture’s performance at UFC 91 against Brock Lesnar, her upcoming fight on November 21st with Lina Kvokov (0-1), and legal issues with former Affliction executive, Todd Beard.

Kim starts out by revealing how she got her nickname “Sugar Free”. She explains that the guys at Xtreme Couture started calling her “Sugar Free” because she’s blunt, always speaks her mind and doesn’t “sugar coat” anything.

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Pro Wrestling writer claims UFC is fixed

The "old" Brock Lesnar

by: Jack Bratcher

One of the down sides of giving Brock Lesnar a title shot when he didn’t earn it and then him having the nerve to beat the UFC Heavyweight Champion (Captain America of all people) is now MMA is being written about by the pro wrestling gurus.

Take for example some cat named Ronnie Bryce who says,

Mark my words, it may take years to come out, but UFC is predeterimed just like WWE.  Wrestling used to try and fool everyone years ago too in its infancy. Then when Vince took control he decided to come clean and admit matches are predeterimed and changed it to sports entertainment and now just “entertainment.” …UFC is the new “sports entertainment” even if they dont care to admit it yet. How ironic it’s home is Las Vegas. The city of UFC fans like Criss Angel and other illusionist.

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UFC 91 Salaries

Dustin Hazelett wins Submission of the Night

The official salaries have been released from UFC 91 along with the traditional bonuses.  Dustin Hazelett took home Submission of the Night.  Jeremy Stephens nabbed Knockout of the Night.

Jorge Gurgel and Aaron Riley’s three round prelim bout earned Fight of the Night honors.  Those extra bonuses netted the four men an additional $60,000 respectively.

The total payroll (excluding the above bonuses) equaled $1.119 million.  It should also be noted the mysterious back stage “Locker Room” bonuses we occasionally hear about.

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Dana White video blog for UFC 91 #7

Here’s the final video blog for UFC 91. It was filmed right before, during, and after the event. Lots of cameos in this one. Someone please tell me was that Martin Sheen saying hi to Brock Lesnar in his dressing room? Please like & share: