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Josh Barnett beats Frank Mir on controversial early stoppage

Josh Barnett beat Frank Mir via first-round knockout at UFC 164 on Saturday in Milwaukee in his first fight back with the UFC since 2002.

Barnett had Mir pinned against the cage and was landing several punches. He then dropped Mir with a knee to the face, and the referee came over to stop the fight at 1:56 into the first round.

Most people thought the stoppage came too early, including UFC boss Dana White, who tweeted this note in protest of the decision:

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White is known for tweeting his honest thoughts on UFC fights, even if it’s to rip people working for his company. But he might still have some hard feelings towards Barnett that go back to 2002, when Barnett was stripped of the UFC heavyweight title after testing positive for a banned substance following his win over Randy Couture at UFC 36.

Still, anyone who saw the Alistair Overeem-Travis Browne fight two weeks ago knows how quickly things can change in MMA. Browne was being beaten worse than Mir, yet their fight was allowed to continue, and Browne rallied for the win.

Barnett even admitted the fight was stopped too early.

“I actually do feel that it was an early stoppage. I would always prefer to get the clean finish,” Barnett said after the fight, per MMA Fighting.

Here’s another look at the finish:

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Frank Mir willing to consider pro wrestling after MMA

Frank Mir is coming off a TKO loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 146, and the 33-year-old is already considering his career options when he’s done fighting. The two-time UFC heavyweight champion says he’d like to continue doing broadcasting, and he’s also open to pro wrestling.

“I like analyzing fights and I like doing colour commentating,” Mir told The Chronicle Journal. “It’s an opportunity I would take advantage of when I run into it. Hopefully it’s something I can do full time.”

Mir was an analyst on Versus calling WEC fights from 2007-2010, so he has experience in that realm. But a career in pro wrestling would be an entirely new venture for him.

“Not opposed to the idea,” Mir said of entering pro wrestling. “I can’t do a back flip or anything.”

Given how much success fighters like Brock Lesnar have had in pro wrestling, it’s no surprise Mir would consider it. He already has the monstrous body, and he’s already built a name and fan base.

Even though Mir says he’s open to the possibility, we shouldn’t take this story to mean he’s going to sign with the WWE next week. He still probably has a few years of fighting left in him.

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Video: Brock Lesnar’s 2nd Round TKO of Frank Mir at UFC 100

The fans on hand at the Mandalay Bay were chanting for referee Herb Dean to stand Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir up once they hit the canvas. He never did because Lesnar started going to work after fighting for position for about 20 seconds. And once Lesnar got rolling, he was able to squirt some punches on Mir and then he started bouncing his head off the canvas like a tether ball. Check out the Brock Lesnar/Frank Mir video from UFC 100. This is entire second round of their fight:

After the fight, Lesnar got off a classic blast on Mir, who beat Brock in his MMA debut. “Frank Mir had a horseshoe up his ass, I told him that a year ago,” Lesnar said shortly after winning. “I pulled that SOB out and beat him over the head with it.” Any wonder why he’s so hated? That dude’s a monster.