On Wednesday, une 15, the UFC touched down in San Diego to bring fight fans UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs. Duffee live from the Valley View Casino Center.

In the night’s headlining act former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir looked two improve his win streak to two against the hulking Todd Duffee.

Entering this bout Mir (17-9-1) was last seen earning a first round knockout victory over former title contender Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva in their main event matchup at UFC Fight Night 61 in February. This win not only snapped the Jackson’s MMA product’s four fight losing streak, but quite possible saved his job

Duffee (17-9-1), an American Top Team product, entered looking to extend his own winning streak to four straight. In his most recent effort Duffee walked away with a vicious 33-second knockout over Anthony Hamilton at uFC 181 in December. This marked his first appearance inside the octagon since being diagnosed with Parsonage Turner Syndrome in 2013.


Todd Duffee vs. Frank Mir

Round 1 — Does anyone see this going five rounds? Mir declines to touch gloves. They meet in the middle. Duffee swings, Mir counters. Another exchange, knee from Mir, big swings, Mir hits a left, he has rocked Duffee, they’re trading, this can’t last! Mir tries for a knee, Duffee has been hit hard a few times. Mir has his hands low, but wow! He knocks Duffee out cold with a left! Duffee is stiff, right after Mir had been clipped himself. Good on Big John for getting in and saving Duffee from taking some unnecessary damage.

Frank Mir def. Todd Duffee by KO, Round 1, 1:13

Tony Ferguson vs. Josh Thomson

Round 1 — Ferguson looks to be cutting angles but throws a kick which Thompson catches and dumps him off of. Quick takedown a moment later. Ferguson with a pair of kicks to the body.  Ferguson’s doing well with the leg kicks, Thompson countering with rights. Thompson scores a takedown off an attempted flying knee. Ferguson looks for an inverted triangle. Thompson now in his guard, and an active guard it is. The round ends with Thompson on top.

Round 2 — The second gets off to a quick start and both fighters come out strong. Big elbow by Ferguson hurts Thompson a minute in. Her swarms with vicious ground and pound! Thompson is still in it somehow but he is hurt. Ferguson looking for a crucifix. More elbows to the temple. Herb Dean breaks it up and may have saved a wobbly Thompson after Ferguson grabs the fence to maintain position. Thompson is still on rubbery legs. Thompson rounds a right. Thompson is dazed on his feet. Ferguson slips and Thompson gets on top bleeding but he finds himself eating elbows from the bottom and in a triangle. Thompson is barely surviving but slick with blood slips out. Ferguson trying to avoid a kimura, then a shoulder lock. Thompson seems to be on borrowed time. Ferguson manages to reverse and get on top then they get back up and trade. We go to a third. Fantastic round!

Round 3 — Is Thompson fully recovered? He catches a kick and looks for a takedown. Throwing everything at Ferguson but the kitchen sink after he can’t land it. Ferguson may be getting frustrated and is eating more shots now, but still landing enough of his own. Body kick from Ferguson, then an elbow. Thompson’s face is a mask of blood. Slip by Ferguson. Thompson circles away. He needs a finish. Huge body shot from Ferguson! More circling then a big knee. Spinning backfist connects from Thompson. Ferguson actually somersaults back to escape. Another spinning backfist by Thompson. They tie up against the fence to end a fantastic bout!

Tony Ferguson def. Josh Thomson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Holly Holm vs. Marion Reneau

Round 1 — Holm came into the UFC with a ton of steam and while she won her debut, it wasn’t the big flashy victory many were (perhaps unjustly) expecting. This is the moment of truth. Holm showing good cage control and looks huge. Throwing kicks and cutting off the angles. Reneau throws a high kick of her own. Good side kick by Holm, who seems to be finding her distance early. Front face kick misses. The boxing champ hasn’t used her hands much thus far but now throws a combo then another kick. Holm’s movement is excellent. Another leg kick from her. Holm hurts Reneau with a kick up high and moves in; Reneau recovers and the round ends.

Round 2 — Reneau lands a leg kck of her own but it’s Holm moving forward. Big kick to the head by Holm! Reneau charges foward but Holm escapes easily. Hard leg kick by Holm and they clinch; another big kick as they break. Reneau is attempting to counter but not having much effect. Holm with a combo capped off with a kick. Reneau is keeping her left hand high protecting her eye which is showing a bit of blood. Reneau’s corner is screaming “stalk her down” but that simply isn’t happening. Holm is working the body, using her hands to set up body kicks. Holm works the body against the fence. These kicks are taking a lot out of her opponent.  Holm catches a Reneau kick and eats a punch. Renau attempts to jump her then pulls guard; Holm throws her off and remains standing as the round ends. We go to a third with Holm up two.

Round 3 — Holm’s corner is calling for a head kick. Reneau has got to be desperate and needs a finish. Holm’s very adept at moving out of danger. Reneau catches a body kick. Holm throwing hands and catches Reneau a couple of times. Holm with a hard leg kick. Reneau’s counters are coming far too late. Holm knocks her down then throws a wicked kick to the abdomen. Holm chopping at the left leg of her opponent. With two minutes to go Holm is firmly in control; her corner yells for her to keep the pressure up. Hook kick misses. Reneau jumps guard and Holm throws her off. Reneau looks for a triangle but nothing’s there. The ref stands Reneau up. Holm seems to be looking for a late finish. Reneau circles away and survives the round but this fight was all Holm.

Holly Holm def. Marion Reneau by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)

Manny Gamburyan vs. Scott Jorgensen

Round 1 — Gamburyan comes out kicking then shoots. Jorgensen caught in a guillotine, picks up Gamburyan and slams him but is still in it! Transitions and eventually escapes, but is taken down as he gets to his feet. Works back up but is dragged back down. Gamburyan pushes him up against the fence but Jorgensen reverses. Herb Dean breaks up the action for a low blow but a reply shows it looks more like thigh — second delayed reaction from a fighter tonight. Gamburyan with another takedown as action resumes but Jorgensen escapes and now he’s on top. Gamburyan gets up and rocks him! Jorgensen in trouble but somehow survives some vicious blows while covering up — Dean takes a close look but doesn’t stop it.

They’re back up and Jorgensen is showing heart like always but Gamburyan is still head-hunting and knows he’s hurt.

Round 2 — Jorgensen looked okay between rounds. Tough dude. Grazing low blow from Gamburyan. Jorgensen moving well, good footwork. Gets caught alongside the fence however. Avoids the takedown, lands a body kick. Gamburyan not letting it slow him. Jorgensen shoots for a single, Gamburyan tries to latch on a guillotine again. Jorgensen now looking for a choke of his own. Big right from Gamburyan as they break. Elbow from Gamburyan. He shoots but Jorgensen is doing much better stuffing takedowns this round. Jorgensen looks to be seeking out an arm as Gamburyan continues to work the takedown. Jorgensen with a quick takedown of his own but Gamburyan scrambles and gains control.

Round 3 — Jorgensen still moving well but Gamburyan’s strength continues to be an issue. Hard leg kick by Gamburyan. Jab by Jorgensen lands. You can almost feel the kicks by Gamburyan, who also lands a left as we hit the two minute to go mark. Leg kick by Jorgensen, who may have avoided those earlier for fear of a takedown. Gamburyan swinging for the fences. Jorgensen using the jab well, but eats a punch in return. Gamburyan shoots and presses Jorgensen against the fence with thirty seconds to go. This one ends with some hard shots by Jorgensen, but Gamburyan should have this.

Manny Gamburyan def. Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri

Round 1 — Leg kick by Moontasri gets us started. High kick by Lee. Lee looks to have good hand speed. Big swing and a miss my Moontasri; Lee counters with a body kick. Right hand by Lee. Leg kick by Moontasri. An eye poke stops things, both fighters manage to hit one another’s eye at the same time. Or not, as the replay shows Moontasri may have been playing that one up. Once action resumes, Lee shoots for a double leg. Manages to suplex Moontasri to the mat when the double leg fails. Lee works his way to the back and locks in a choke for the submission victory!

Kevin Lee def. James Moontasri by submission (rear naked choke), Round 1, 2:56

Matt Dwyer vs. Alan Jouban

Round 1 —And we’re off! About thirty seconds in and we have our first exchange. Both men look like they’re ready to go, Dwyer with a big right drops Jouban at around the 3:40 mark! Jouban trying to recover as Dwyer went for the guillotine. He doesn’t have it, and they’re back to the feet. Good chin on display. Jouban misses a right.`Dwyer with a front kick to the midsection, then a high kick to the right side of Jouban’s head that is blocked. Jouban feigns a spinning attack. Dwyer using his length well but Jouban manages to sneak inside and land a big combo. Dwyer goes for a clearly illegal big knee which brings a stoppage. Herb Dean takes a point.

They end the round exchange. Dwyer is opened up but his corner feels it could be a 10-8 round due to the point deduction.

Round 2 — How will Dwyer recover? He looks okay as he throws a spinning back kick that meets only air. Dwyer then connects with a left at the end of an exchange. Jouban lands a left of his own. Dwyer with a kick to the mid-section. Jouban with a thundering body kick of his own. High kick by Jouban, Dwyer answers back. Big right by Jouban. These guys are hitting with seriously bad intentions. Dwyer shoots, adding a new wrinkle but can’t land the takedown. Superman punch missed by Jouban. They tie up at the side of the cage with 90 seconds to go. Jouban lands an elbow as they break. Big head kick from Jouban drops Dwyer. Jouban swarms, Dwyer looks for an arm bar, they’re back up and swinging! Dwyer is hurt. Jouban landing more easily now. Body shots are really taking their toll on Dwyer. Cartwheel kick lands on Dwyer right at the end of the round!

Round 3 — Fight of the Night right here. How Dwyer is still standing after the end of that round… he still seems to be in defensive mode. Jouban is on the attack. Looking to land heavy shots to secure the win, no doubt thinking about that lost point. Dwyer is swinging for the fences himself. Jouban looks for a spinning back fist but it’s not there. Two minutes left in the round. Dwyer throws, nothing there. Jouban blocks a high kick. Dwyer with an elbow, Jouban then traps him against the fence and scores a takedown, which could be big as this was anyone’s round. Dwyer tries for a kimura. They go the distance with Jouban trying another cartwheel kick at the end of the round. Great fight!

Alan Jouban def. Matt Dwyer by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)



Frank Mir def. Todd Duffee by KO, Round 1, 1:13
Tony Ferguson def. Josh Thomson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Holly Holm def. Marion Reneau by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 29-28)
Manny Gamburyan def. Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kevin Lee def. James Moontasri by submission (rear naked choke), Round 1, 2:56
Alan Jouban def. Matt Dwyer by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)


Sam Sicilia def. Yaotzin Meza by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Jessica Andrade def. Sarah Moras by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rani Yahya def. Masanori Kanehara by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Sean Strickland def Igor Araujo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)


Kevin Casey def. Ildemar Alcantara by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lyman Good def. Andrew Craig by TKO (punches), Round 2, 3:37

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.