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Mir VS. Cro Cop

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On the surface, the main event at UFC 119 is the quintessential clash of styles.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir is one of, if not the, best heavyweight submission artists in the world.  Former PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix Champion Mirko Cro Cop is the most prolific knockout artist in the history of the legendary PRIDE Fighting Championships.


But, alas, at the very top of the sport, true one-dimensional fighters are a thing of the past.  Mir’s last two wins came as the result of strikes.  His most recent win saw him drop world-class kickboxer Cheick Kongo with a brutal left hand before choking out his opponent seconds later.   Two bouts earlier, he completely outclassed skilled boxer “Minotauro” Nogueira on the feet en route to a second round technical knockout.

The last time Cro Cop stepped into the Octagon he engaged in a timeless slugfest with fellow striker Pat Barry and ended up bringing the action to a close with a rear naked choke.  It was the Croatian’s first submission win in his brief UFC career.

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