Mir vs. Cro Cop had the makings of a decent scrap. Though older, slower and more gun-shy, we still held out hope that the once-great Croat would turn back the clock just once before he retired.
Additionally, Frank Mir had impressed with his improved striking against the likes of Cheick Kongo and Big Nog.
Perhaps we were too optimistic, but hope springs eternal, etc.
Unfortunately, someone must have told the fighters that the main event of UFC 119 had been changed to a staring contest.
Both men gazed into each other’s eyes like star-crossed lovers, reluctant to hurt one another. And after 14 minutes of inactivity, it seemed as though both would depart the Octagon unscathed.
Then Frank Mir threw an entirely unromantic knee straight into Cro Cop’s brittle jaw, putting as all out of our misery.
In all honesty, the bout deserved far less than a highlight-reel knockout. The ending almost qualifies as a non sequitur.
Given what preceded the fight-ending knee, we would have been less surprised had the bout ended with the pair making out in the middle of the cage.