UFC 81 Breaking Point Frank Mir Vs. Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar (1-0) will make his Octagon debut against former heavyweight champion Frank Mir (10-3) at UFC 81 on February 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The UFC 81 “Breaking Point” will feature a match between former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar, a former professional wrestler and a newcomer to UFC.

The event will also include a bout between Tyson Griffin and Gleison Tibau, Alan Belcher and Ricardo Almeida, and Thales Leites and Nate Marquardt.

Frank Mir

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Lesnar, a former World Wrestling Entertainment performer who also had a short stint with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, was one of the sport’s top free agents after a 69-second submission victory over Min Soo Kim in a K-1 HERO’S Dynamite!! USA event this past June. The UFC officially announced that the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder had joined the organization last month during a UFC 77 pay-per-view broadcast.

Now with the label of a “professional wrestler,” Lesnar own an impressive resume in “real” wresting. After posting a perfect 33-0 record during his senior year of high school in his native South Dakota, Lesnar went on to become a four-time All-American, a two-time Big Ten champion, and a 2000 NCAA national heavyweight wrestling champion with the University of Minnesota.

The 30-year-old will now face Mir, who won the UFC’s vacant heavyweight title in 2004. The legendary UFC fight was stopped in less than a minute when referee Herb Dean noticed that Mir had snapped opponent Tim Sylvia’s forearm while working an arm-bar submission.

Mir’s reign as champ would be short-lived, though. Just three months after winning the title, Mir was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. Mir didn’t fight for 16 months while he nursed his injuries and the UFC stripped him of the title.

The 28-year-old’s return to the UFC thus far has been a mixed bag. His 2-2 record includes a lopsided first-round TKO loss to Brandon Vera, but back in August, Mir bounced back for a quick and impressive submission victory (via kimura) over Antoni Hardonk at UFC 74.

If both fighters prepare well for this bout it should be an exciting showdown at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on SuperBowl Saturday.

UFC 81 Main Card

Tim Sylvia vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Heavyweight Championship Bout)

Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar

Jeremy Horn vs. Nate Marquardt

Ricardo Almeida vs. Alan Belcher

Preliminary Bouts

Gleison Tibau vs. Tyson Griffin

Chris Lytle vs. Kyle Bradley

Marvin Eastman vs. Terry Martin

David Heath vs. Tim Boetsch

Keita Nakamura vs. Rob Emerson

UFC 81 Results

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Tim Sylvia via submission – Round 3, 1:28

Heavyweight Championship Bout

Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar via submission – Round 1, 1:30

Nate Marquardt def. Jeremy Horn via submission – Round 2, 1:37

Ricardo Almeida def. Rob Yundt via submission – Round 1, 1:08

Tyson Griffin def. Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision

Chris Lytle def. Kyle Bradley via TKO – Round 1, 0:33

Tim Boetsch def. David Heath via TKO – Round 1, 4:52

Marvin Eastman def. Terry Martin via unanimous decision

Rob Emerson def. Keita Nakamura via split decision

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