UFC Fight Night 71, the third UFC event in July, is now in the books and I’m here to let you know who walked away as the biggest winners (and losers) from the night. Let’s jump right in.
Frank Mir. Wow. The former heavyweight champion scored his second win in a row with a massive KO of Todd Duffee just 73 seconds into their fight. Mir earned one of the night’s $50,000 bonuses and should be in line for another big fight, likely one with Ben Rothwell or Andre Arlovski. One or two more wins and Mir could be in line for a shot at the title he once held.
Honorable mention. Tony Ferguson. Ferguson, another one of the night’s $50,000 bonus winners, got the biggest win of his career with a three round beating of Josh Thomson. Ferguson continues his run-through of the UFC’s lightweight division and will get an even bigger step up in competition for his next fight. With performances like this, a shot at the title can’t be far away.
Todd Duffee. In a slugfest like Duffee was having with Mir, one punch can end a fight and unfortunately for Duffee, he was on the wrong end of that punch. The problem with Duffee’s performance lies in the final punch he threw – it was telegraphed, with too much of a windup, thrown as though he was at a distance and not in close quarters. It was a poorly timed and poorly executed punch and Mir made him pay for it.
Honorable mention. Josh Thomson. Thomson is now on a three-fight losing streak and did not look like himself for the majority of the fight. Ferguson outstruck him for the duration of the fight, cut him more than once, and wobbled him with head shots and a hard body kick as well. Ferguson did appear to have a late, and short, rally, but it wasn’t nearly enough in a fight that saw him lose every round of the fight, and lose one round 10-8 on one of the judge’s scorecards.