Frank Mir Left In A Bloody Mess After Losing Gumshield, Teeth And The Fight
Fighters tapping out to strikes is a something of a rarity in the world of MMA but the legendary Frank Mir felt he had no choice but to surrender after being left a bloody mess in his bout with Javy Ayala at Bellator 212.
In Hawaii, the former UFC heavyweight champion was on the receiving end of a brutal onslaught from his opponent. He was badly cut, saw his gumshield go flying onto the canvas and even lost a number of teeth – as the 39-year old revealed post-fight.
As per Richard Hunter, who co-hosts the ‘Phonebooth Fight Podcast’ alongside him, Mir suffered a alveolar ridge fracture.
I just talked to @thefrankmir & he told me he has an alveolar ridge fracture, which caused the tap. Frank was without his mouthpiece for about about a minute & 1/2 of the 2nd round & that’s where the injury occurred. #BellatorHawaii@BellatorMMA – Richard Hunter (@RichardHunter) December 15, 2018
Also told me he thought it was just his teeth so he was trying to pull them out so he could continue but then the pain went through the roof. This is a rough sport, folks. – Richard Hunter (@RichardHunter) December 15, 2018
When he was pinned up against the cage and getting hit with elbows and strikes from Ayala, he had no option but to tap out.
Check out the highlights of the fight, including Mir’s submission, around 2:07 into this clip:
Of course he didn’t want to quit on the spot, especially with his daughter watching on cageside and the fact he had never surrendered in his decorated career, but the pain was too much for him to continue.
Being honest, we can’t blame him for tapping out at all because he looked like he had about three tins of tomatoes poured on him.
Frank Mir taps to strikes against Javy Ayala. Rough one for him, especially with his daughter in his corner for the first time. – Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 15, 2018
Mir owns a victory over the beastly Brock Lesnar in 2008 but it’s now four consecutive losses and it might just just be time for him to finally call it a day.
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