Junior dos Santos defeated Frank Mir in the second round to retain his UFC heavyweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.The first big trouble for Mir came in the final 30 seconds of round one, when JDS rocked and wobbled him with a flurry of hard shots. Mir was in imminent danger of being finished but the horn saved him.
A right hand by dos Santos put Mir on the deck early in the second . After some Mir leg kicks, another straight right put Mir down again, clearly disoriented. A hammer punch later, at 3:04 of the frame, the referee called a stop to the bout.
“I’m feeling awesome, man!! Awesome! It’s amazing! It’s not bad for a nice guy, huh?!” said dos Santos (15-1), who made it clear that avenging two losses by his mentor, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, to Mir were not his motivation.
Mir, his face beginning to swell up from the damage, was gracious and humble in defeat.
“He’s the champ; he’s fast, he hit me hard and I couldn’t get out of the way,” said Mir (16-6). “I couldn’t do nothing about them. He’s just a very dangerous man. I didn’t want a boxing match with him; he just forced me into it. I couldn’t get him down.”
UFC 146 Complete Results:
Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
dos Santos defeats Mir by technical knockout at 3:04 of the second round.
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Velasquez defeats Silva by technical knockout (punches) at 3:36 of the first round.
Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman
Nelson defeats Herman by knockout (punch) at 0:51 of the first round.
Stipe Miocic vs. Shane del Rosario
Miocic defeats del Rosario by technical knockout (elbows) at 3:14 of the second round.
Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson
Struve defeats Johnson by submission (armbar) at 1:05 of the first round.
Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
Elkins defeats Brandao by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Edson Barboza vs. Jamie Varner
Varner defeats Barboza by technical knockout (punches) at 3:23 of the first round.
Jason Miller vs. C.B. Dollaway
Dollaway defeats Miller by unanimous decusion (29-28, 30-26, 29-28).
Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
Hardy defeats Ludwig by knockout (punch and elbows) at 3:51 of the first round.
Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass
Sass defeats Volkmann by submission (triangle armbar) at 1:54 of the first round.
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
Teixeira defeats Kingsbury by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:53 of the first round.
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda
Brown defeats Pineda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).