Frank Mir Says Mark Hunt Hit Him Harder Than Anyone Ever
Frank Mir is coming off a devastating first round knockout loss to Mark Hunt. For Hunt, it was another classic walk-off KO. For Mir, it’s a loss that could have him considering his future in the sport. He recently appeared on the phoneboothfighting.com podcast to speak publicly about the loss for the first time.
During the insightful conversation, Mir explained what it felt like to get hit by Mark Hunt, and also credits him as being the hardest hitter he’s ever faced.
Here’s what he said:
“I made two different attempts in that three-minute period to get the fight to the ground. He was very powerful and resilient and able to avoid those, I anticipated that it would be very difficult. He finally caught me a shot when he came in, I thought I was going to be able to roll underneath of it.
Instead of rolling, I kinda just changed levels and exposed the side of my head too much, made a very tactical error. So instead of getting caught on the chin or the forehead, I got caught right behind the ear, which is you know, it’s a legal shot. It completely sent off my equilibrium, it’s why immediately my legs caved out from underneath of me.
The room spun, I didn’t lose consciousness. I had a couple people ask me ‘hey, do you think it was a good stoppage?’ And I’m like ‘Yes, it was a good stoppage.’ 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.
It was a hard shot. It was the hardest I’ve ever felt from contact at all. By-far the hardest punch I ever received in my career. I felt immediately like I was under water. The lights were still on, but for a good 10-15 seconds the room spun, I didn’t know where it was going. Goddard (the referee in the fight) did a good job.”
Frank Mir is 4-6 in his last ten fights in the UFC Octagon. He is a former UFC heavyweight champion and a likely bet to make the UFC hall of fame. If he were to retire now from fighting, he’d likely have many job opportunities in the sport.
As for Mark Hunt. He’s likely sitting pretty good in the UFC eye’s, as far as being a top contender in the heavyweight division.