Once upon a time, Frank Mir was seen as the future of the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Mir entered the UFC after beginning his professional MMA career 2-0. He made an immediate splash in the division when he submitted Roberto Traven at UFC 34 and Pete Williams at UFC 36.

At UFC 38, Mir was put up against Ian Freeman is the promotion’s first trip to the UK. On that night, Mir became so tunnel visioned on securing a leg lock that he allowed Freeman free reign to pummel him in the face and secure the TKO victory.

Mir won the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 48 when he broke Tim Sylvia forearm while locking in the fight ending armbar. Shortly thereafter, Mir suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident that kept him out of action for nearly two years. While Mir did go on to score some good wins over the likes of Brock Lesnar, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, he has lost his last four fights, and his days as a legit title challenger are more than likely over.

To relive Mir’s bizarre submission victory over UFC legend Tank Abbott, click the video above.

The UFC’s next event will take place this Friday, September 5, in Mashantucket, CT. The card will be headline by Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (no. 4 middleweight) vs. Gegard Mousasi (no. 7 middleweight).

Also on the card, heavyweights will clash inside the Octagon when former Strikeforce and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem (no.7 heavyweight) takes on Ben Rothwell. The rest of the card breaks down as follows:

Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis

Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa

Nik Lentz (no. 8 featherweight) vs. Charles Oliveira (no. 14 featherweight)

John Moraga (no. 5 flyweight) vs. Justin Scogrinns

The six-fight main card will air on FOX Sports 1 starting at 9 pm EST. The four-fight preliminary card will also air on FOX Sports 1 at 7 pm EST.

 

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