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UFC 140 Aftermath Part II: Broken and Battered

There’s a time for fightin’, and a time for dancin’! Nog breaks out “The Robot“, Mir shows off the “Smooth Criminal“.  (Photo: UFC.com)

I’m not sure what sort of pre-fight pep talk was given to the fighters in their locker rooms last night, but I hope somebody recorded it to play at all future events. “Never leave it in the hands of the judges” doesn’t begin to capture the sentiment that most of the fighters carried with them to the Octagon. Last night’s finishes were emphatic and extraordinary. Knocking your opponent out wouldn’t do—it would have to tie for the quickest KO in UFC history. Subbing the previously untapped wasn’t enough—you had to break them or render them unconcious.

We’ve already broken down the Jones-Machida bout, so we’ll just say the champion definitely gave us something to Skype about. Now, onto the rest of the card.

If Frank Mir was watching the main event back stage, his heart must have dropped along with Machida’s unconcious body. After all, there are only so many “Submission of the Night” bonuses to go around. Mir has now notched two Nogueira “firsts” on his belt. In their bout at UFC 92, Mir battered Big Nog in the standup, dropping him multiple times before following him to the ground with strikes and becoming the first man to finish the durable Brazilian. Last night, Nogueira nearly flipped the script, rattling Mir with a combination that sent him to the canvas. The writing was on the wall as Nog dropped hammerfists on a dazed Mir, but the black belt switched his attack from bludgeoning to Brazilian jiu jitsu as he attempted a guillotine choke. Mir worked free from the hold and latched on a Kimura. Nogueira rolled to escape, but Mir ended up on top and still in control of the arm. Nogueira would tap for the first time, but not before significant, grimace-inducing damage had been done. A post-fight x-ray revealed a very broken arm which will be repaired with surgery this week. Despite the main event, Mir’s merciless cranking earned him the evening’s $75k “Submission of the Night” bonus.

The smaller of the Nogueira brothers faired much better in his equally short bout. As expected, Rogerio’s hands were superior to Tito Ortiz’s. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy People’s Champion” failed with an early single leg takedown, forcing him to trade with Little Nog. “Minotoro” caught him with a left hand before dropping him with a knee to the body eerily similar the knees that folded him in his fights with Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida. From there Nogueira went to work on Ortiz’s body from the guard, targeting hard punches and elbows on a single spot along his rib cage. Tito turtled up, obviously in pain, and Yves Lavigne waived the Brazilian off. Tito remained on the writhing on ground and clutching his mid-section. Dana White was unsure of Tito’s future following this second loss since his win over Ryan Bader. For Nogueira, it was a bounce back from two consecutive losses and a questionable decision victory over Jason Brilz.

“The Korean Zombie” set the tone for the evening early on. Mark Hominick came out aggressively, swinging away and looking to make short work of Chan Sung Jung, but that door swings both ways. Jung avoided Hominick’s haymaker and landed a beautiful counter that sent “The Machine” careening backwards to the mat. A few blistering follow-up shots on the ground prompted Herb Dean to step in to protect the defenseless Hominick. With his seven-second win, Jung picked up the “Knock Out of the Night” bonus and tied for the fastest ever UFC knock out, though Dana White promised to look into Duane Ludwig’s rightful claim to that record.

Jung wasn’t alone in making quick work of his opponent. Igor Pokrajac drove Krzysztov Soszynski across the cage with brutal punches that knocked him out cold in just 35 seconds.

Constantinos Philippou lit up Jarrad Hamman, dropping him multiple times throughout their fight. Hamman was mostly-unconscious for the duration of their three minute, eleven second bout, before Philippou flipped his switch for good.

Whether motivated by his exposing loss to Ebersole or a tough weight cut that left him low on energy, Dennis Hallman stormed after John Makdessi, quickly dragging him to the canvas. From there he unleashed some heavy blows before sinking in a rear naked choke just shy of three minutes into the bout.

Not all of the evening’s battles fit so neatly in the “Who Won” box, however. Brian Ebersole emerged victorious in a close contest with Claude Patrick. Boos poured out when the split-decision went against the hometown fighter. We also had the bout scored for Patrick, but if anything this bout highlighted the inconsistency in MMA judging criteria rather than outright incompetence.

Full results (via MMAWeekly):

Main Bouts (on Pay-Per-View):
-Jon Jones def. Lyoto Machida by submission (guillotine choke) at 4:26, R2
-Frank Mir def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by submission (kimura) at 3:38, R1
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Tito Ortiz by TKO at 3:15, R1
-Brian Ebersole def. Claude Patrick by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Chan Sung Jung def. Mark Hominick by TKO at :07, R1

Preliminary Bouts (on ION Television):
-Igor Pokrajac def. Krzysztof Soszynski by KO at :35, R1
-Constantinos Philippou def. Jared Hamman by KO at 3:11, R1
-Dennis Hallman def. John Makdessi by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:58, R1
-Yves Jabouin def. Walel Watson by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Preliminary Bouts (on Facebook):
-Mark Bocek def. Nik Lentz by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Jake Hecht def. Rich Attonito by TKO at 1:10, R2
-John Cholish def. Mitch Clarke by TKO at 4:36, R2

 

- Chris Colemon (@chriscolemon)

 

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Todd M- December 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm
Also, I'm not a huge Mir fan but as he often does he surpassed my expectations last night, I think that win really did earn him the greatest heavyweight submission fighter in the history of MMA.
Todd M- December 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm
Caption is hilarious, vintage CP. What a night of fights, possibly the best event of the year, that or UFC 134.
k-onda- December 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Yeah, those who think Mir was out on the ground are dipshits. He was working the whole time down there to keep Nog off his back and prevent himself from getting Hendo-Fedor'ed. Sure, he was getting popped in the head a bunch, but he was working, and then won. So all props to him.

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CrushCo- December 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm
@Meaot: I didn't major in English, but I did minor in imperfection. I've done my alma mater justice here today.
Meaot- December 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm
Chris, I hope you didn't major in English... "faired"???

The Mir-Nogueira bout was definitely my favorite instance of heavyweights grappling I've ever seen. Awsome fight, great submission.
SuckMySkyWalker- December 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm
The caption to this photo made me laugh out loud...hilarious.
Get Off Me- December 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm
@SouthAfrican
Nog will complain of a pain in his right shoulder and elbow as the reason he lost to Frank.
I really thought Mir was going to steamroll him this time around and when Nog caught him with the over hand right, time stopped for a second.
I hope Big Nog can come back from this injury....great fighter.
2Dogs- December 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm
@danomite

OMG I almost pissed myself laughing at your comment! Well put!
Well Put!
CrushCo- December 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm
@tysonmcneely: Thanks for the correction. I didn't dvr the event and forgot how it all went down. Perhaps next time I'll review our liveblog a bit more carefully.
tysonmcneely- December 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm
#1 Nog did not attempt a D'arce. He attempted a guillotine. (Arm-in)

#2 Mir didn't sweep Nog with a Kimura (Unless you are referring to when Nog was in the kimura, and he rolled Mir, but then got rolled onto his back again.) Mir did stop Nog from getting his back with the Kimura though.
XENOPHON- December 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm
> http://www.herbdean.com/refereeschool.html
XENOPHON- December 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm
@danomite
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No pun intended, but we all know black men personify the term shadowy, if not spookie.
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I often catch shit for calling Dean - America's Greatest Refer-re. What else is there in a job title for a man who was named Herb?
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I know for a fact that "dirt weed" Diaz thinks he's OK.
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Herb Dean and the Zuffa connection goes way back. Follow the link, its all embedded inside his covert website..
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The conspiracy goes back long before April 21, 2012.
SouthAfricanMMA- December 11, 2011 at 11:49 am
Brilliant comeback by Mir! Dana called it the submission of the century and Mir deserves full praise for proving himself as the best submission artist in the heavyweight division. His two wins over Big Nog will go down in MMA history. Love him or hate him, Mir is a class act inside the cage. Cue more injury/illness excuses from Big Nog.
NomadRip- December 11, 2011 at 11:32 am
He was not unconscious. You can see his fingers were digging into Nog's leg as he was desperately trying to get that single leg. He was probably not real fond of all the hitting in the head going on at that point, but he was not asleep.
RearNakedSpoon- December 11, 2011 at 11:32 am
I'd take Mir on one of my arms over Paul Harris on one of my legs any day. In other words there are much worse submissions to suffer in MMA so chill.
dim mak- December 11, 2011 at 11:17 am
i'll be glad when i don't need to see that one-armed stump pointing at me every time i pull up cage potato.
BryanF- December 11, 2011 at 11:12 am
When Herb Dean reffed the Mir v. Sylvia fight, he actually called off the fight DESPITE sylvia's protests. Mir latched onto the armbar at a weird angle that snapped Timmeh's arm almost instantly. Herb saved Sylvia in that fight. That was good reffing on his part when he was able to see that in the heat of action.

Also, he's black. Let's see if they can come up with a racist conspiracy theory to add to the craziness here.
BryanF- December 11, 2011 at 11:08 am
Let's get some things straight before the Mir "hate express" takes off from "Nog Nuts" station:

- Mir did not hold onto the sub for too long. He let go as soon as the ref waved him off (that is his job)
- Nog tapped after his arm was broken, which was when Mir let go
- Nog is a MASTER BJJ blackbelt that awards other champions their blackbelts. Nog wouldn't have liked to been subbed in any other fashion. If anything, Nog is probably honored that Mir had to snap his arm off to defeat him.
- Mir trains for the break. A reputation he earned with Tim Sylvia. Nog knows Mir's reputation. Either tap out faster or don't go to the ground with Frank "snap or snap" Mir
- Hats off to both men for the greatest submission in MMA!
danomite- December 11, 2011 at 11:01 am
Mir was unconscious. He was face down, hands at his sides and taking punches to the head. He should be thanking Crom that Rodgrigo went for the choke. After this fight and Mir's 2nd fight against Lesnar I'm beginning to think the refs dislike him as much as me and enjoy watching people punch his unconscious head. Oh, and Herb was the ref for both of Mir's arm breaks, I need Xeno to come up with a conspiracy theory about that.
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