UFC Fight Night 61’s main event is an interesting one as Antonio “Big Foot” Silva and Frank Mir have combined for an 0-6-1 record in their last seven bouts.

Mir may be one of the best submission artists in the UFC, if not the best. He has wowed UFC fans with some great moments in his career, like his kneebar victory over Brock Lesnar.

Silva has won thirteen of his eighteen victories in his career by KO/TKO. He has knockout power and can end the fight in seconds. He is coming off of a loss, but is hungry to get another opportunity to fight for the belt.

This may be the biggest fight of his career, for the former two-time heavyweight champion, Mir. He is currently ranked #13 in the heavyweight division and if he loses this fight, it would be his fifth loss in a row, and really hurt his chances fighting in main events or even fighting at all. Although, if he wins this fight, it could show that Mir is still lurking around the heavyweight division and could be a stepping-stone to another chance at the heavyweight title.

Here are Mir’s keys to victory at UFC Fight Night 61:

Fight Like It Is His Last Fight Ever:

Some people are saying that this could be Mir’s last fight of his career, win or lose, so Mir should fight like it is. If he can come out on Sunday and leave everything he has in the octagon, the man who has overcame a lot of adversity in his life should walk away with a win.

Get The Fight To The Ground:

“Big Foot” Silva can knock you out quickly or he can knock you out in the third round. His last four victories have been by KO/TKO. Mir has talked about his improved standup, but if he wants to win on Sunday he will take this fight to the ground.


This is the most obvious key to victory for Mir, but it is something that he prides himself on. He is one of the best in the business at making people tap and he needs to show that on Sunday. If the fight is on the ground then it has a chance to be ended because Mir is so skilled with his submissions. Silva has never been submitted in his career, but if Mir gets an opportunity at a submission, that may change on Sunday.

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Jeremy Klump
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Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.