In the co-main event of UFC on FOX 7, Daniel Cormier controlled the grappling exchanges throughout the fight earning the 30-27 nod over Frank Mir in a very lackluster affair.
Here’s what we learned from the fight.
What we’ll remember about this fight:
Cormier nor Mir looked very threatening at all for the entire three rounds. Cormier was able to tie up Mir and control where the fight took place. The fight never hit the floor, so we failed to see the ground game aspect of their matchup.
Mir avoided getting caught with anything big, but could not mount much offense, or get the fight to the ground.
What we learned about Frank Mir:
We learned that he survived what many experts felt would be another TKO loss. We still need to see if the move to Jackson’s has improved any facet of his game.
What we learned about Daniel Cormier:
We learned that while Cormier was not able to land the big blow, he did fight a smart fight, avoided landing in Mir’s guard and controlled where the action took place.
He may not have had a knockout coming out party, but he should get a little credit for grinding out a decision victory in his debut.
What’s next for Frank Mir:
While we didn't see a much improved fighter since he moved to Jackson’s for this fight, we didn’t see a huge regression. He is still one of the best in the division and will most likely get another ranked opponent. How about Stefan Struve?
What’s next for Daniel Cormier:
He didn’t win in impressive fashion, but a win over a ranked opponent and savvy veteran such as Mir still counts. With the other top contenders tied up, and assuming he isn’t moving to light heavyweight I say match him up against Travis Browne next.