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Frank Mir says referee made ‘good stoppage’ in Mark Hunt fight, not considering retirement

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The first thing some people said after Mark Hunt knocked Frank Mir out was that it was an early stoppage. The second thing said by some onlookers was that Mir should probably retire.

Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champion, doesn’t really agree with either one of those things.

Foremost, Mir thought referee Marc Goddard did a good job stopping the fight when he did at UFC Fight Night 85 last weekend in Brisbane, Australia, Mir said on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast this week. Hunt landed a big right hand to Mir’s ear and Mir dropped to his back in the second round. He was not unconscious, but he didn’t have his druthers, either.

“Yes, it was a good stoppage,” Mir said. “My lights were on, but I had no bearings on where anything was coming from. So the effectiveness of me being able to defend myself was very low at that point.”

Mir said his equilibrium was totally affected by Hunt’s punch and he wasn’t even sure where Hunt was. The first person he was able to locate was Goddard running over to see if Mir was capable of continuing. Goddard ruled that he was not. Hunt never even attempted a follow-up shot, instead just walking away.

“It shows you show disorientated I was by the shot — the guy fully dressed was the one who caught my attention,” Mir said. … “It could have been bad [if the fight continued]. I see the reason for stopping it. At that point, intelligently defending myself, it would have been a scramble to find out where Mark was coming from.”

The location of the punch certainly made a difference, but Mir did not no-sell Hunt’s power. It’s very legit, he said.

“By far the hardest punch I’ve ever received in my career,” Mir said. ….View full article

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