Junior Dos Santos verified himself as the top heavyweight in the UFC as he knocked out Frank Mir in the second round of the main event of UFC 146 on Saturday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Coming into his bout with the former UFC champion, Mir, Dos Santos was expected to win with his crisp striking, and that is exactly what led to the win.
After somewhat of an eventful first round that saw Dos Santos win thanks to his striking, the champion managed to finish off the fight in the second thanks to a big right hand that caught Mir flush on the cheek. JDS then followed up with a flurry on the ground to earn the TKO stoppage.
The win for JDS was as big for him as it was a big loss for Mir. The former champion likely won’t see another title shot anytime soon after losing his last three matches where a belt was on the line by devastating knockout.
Mir has had quite the career, but it is clear he doesn’t have the ability to contend with explosive strikers that have the ability to keep the fight standing. He has been brutally beaten by the likes of Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, and now Dos Santos.
In the co-main event, Cain Velasquez destroyed Antonio Silva in Silva’s UFC debut. The former heavyweight champ bloodied Silva thanks to a big elbow across the nose and he followed up with a number of strikes thereafter.
The win for Velasquez probably pushes him right back up to the No. 1 contender spot, as Dos Santos knocked him out in their meeting last November.
For complete results from UFC 146, check out the jump.
UFC 146 Results (via MMAMania.com)
Saturday, May 26
MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas
UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos defeats Frank Mir via TKO (Strikes) Round 2
265 lbs.: Cain Velasquez defeats Antonio Silva via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
265 lbs.: Roy Nelson defeats Dave Herman via KO (Strikes) Round 1
265 lbs.: Stipe Miocic defeats Shane del Rosario via TKO (Strikes) Round 2
265 lbs.: Stefan Struve defeats Lavar Johnson via Submission (Arm Bar) Round 1
145 lbs.: Darren Elkins def. Diego Brandao via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Jamie Varner def. Edson Barboza via TKO (strikes) at 3:23 of round one
185 lbs.: C.B. Dollaway def. Jason Miller via unanimous decision
170 lbs.: Dan Hardy def. Duane Ludwig via KO at 3:51 of round one
155 lbs.: Paul Sass def. Jacob Volkmann via submission (triangle armbar) at 1:54 of round one
205 lbs.: Glover Teixeira def. Kyle Kingsbury via submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:53 of round one
145 lbs.: Mike Brown def. Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision