Former Olympic wrestler shows off his pedigree to grind out win against Frank Mir.
Daniel Cormier has continued his perfect professional mixed martial arts record after securing a unanimous points decision against Frank Mir as part of the co-main event for UFC on FOX 7.
Cormier came into the bout with serious credibility behind him, but his promotional debut for the UFC and subsequent win has put his name on everybody’s radar.
The former Olympic wreslter went back to what he knows best and used his grappling skills to tie up Mir up against the cage, while also showing his fast hands throughout the three rounds.
For Mir, the bout is a lost opportunity after saying before the fight he had trained harder than he ever had before in his illustrious career, sparking talk he wanted to make another run at the title.
But apart from a expanded repertoire with his kicks, Mir looked sluggish compared to the powerful Cormier, who controlled most of the fight.
Cormier backed Mir up against the cage a minute into the first round and ground against him while also getting in some solid knee and punches
Cormier went for a head kick and slipped allowing Mir to crank his neck, before resuming his plan to throw plenty of leg kicks to set up his reach advantage.
At the beginning of the second round, Cormier threw a spectacular flying high kick which missed, but was a clear sign of the athleticism he posses.
Cormier throwing half punches as he came forward which was enough for him to get inside Mir’s significant reach advantage.
As a result he was able to get an under-hook in and continue to make Mir carry his weight while fighting off elbows and knees.
Mir, who has gained the most submission wins for any heavyweight in UFC history, needed a stoppage to pull out the victory but the final round was a carbon-copy of what the judges had seen for 10 minutes previously as Cormier landed the impressive win.
Check out what Cormier had to say after the fight as part of this interview compilation video: