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Fight of the Day: Frank Mir vs. Tank Abbott

Five years before Frank Mir disposed of Brock Lesnar via kneebar, he put away Tank Abbott with an ankle-lock at UFC 41: Onslaught (2/28/03). The fight marked Tank’s first professional match since 1998, and Mir’s sixth overall. Though Tank showed some nimble movement on the ground, Mir displayed his ability to keep calm against an aggressive opponent while expertly working toward a submission. Following this fight, Mir won two victories over Wes Sims (the first by illegal-stomp DQ, the second by KO) then faced Tim Sylvia for the title. Abbott would close out 2003 by losing to Kimo Leopoldo and Wesley Correira, then leaving the UFC.

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TitoG- February 7, 2008 at 7:09 pm
Ah yes. One of my favorite submissions in MMA. That inverted keylock against Pete Williams is also a great one. I love great submission specialists and Mir is one of the best.
villlee- February 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm
Oh no! They have already deleted the video.
Jemaleddin- February 7, 2008 at 3:04 am
That was some sick jits. That guy has a lot more to show the world in MMA.

I was never a Mir fan until I started watching WEC events he called, and all of a sudden the cocky prick turned out to be a thoughtful commentator - and one who knows a lot about the fight game! Let's hope he stays healthy and focused, because more skilled heavyweights is always a good thing.
beast- February 6, 2008 at 8:53 pm
Kimbo's gonna take Abbot down in less that 15 seconds.