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Roller coaster of fights: Ups and downs of Frank Mir

Maggie Hendricks
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With an MMA career that spans nearly 10 years, Frank Mir has seen many ups and downs. Check out the mountain range of his life.

Hill: A young Frank Mir starts his career with the UFC with a bang, spending just over two minutes in the Octagon in his first two fights. He submitted Roberto Travern at UFC 34 then Pete Williams at UFC 36.

Valley: The young phenom stumbles, losing by TKO to Ian Freeman at UFC 38.

Head-Stompin' hill: Mir rebounded with a 46-second toehold submission of Tank Abbott, then a disqualification win over Wes Sims after Sims stomped Mir in the head at UFC 43. At UFC 46, Mir knocked Sims out, earning a title shot at Tim Sylvia.

Mt. Arm Snap: Mir won the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 48 by breaking Tim Sylvia's arm. Just three years into his pro MMA career, Mir was at the top of the world.

Valley of the Motorcycle Crash: Mir's worst valley came not in the Octagon, but on the road. On September 17, 2004, he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that tore up his leg. He was unable to defend his belt, and was stripped of his title.

Valley of the Unprepared: The Frank Mir who submitted his way to the top of the UFC heavyweight pile was nowhere to be seen when he returned to the UFC 57 in February of 2006. In his first fight after his motorcycle accident, Mir was TKOed by Marcio Cruz. He pulled out a decision over Dan Christison, but was then TKOed by another UFC phenom, Brandon Vera, at UFC 65.

I'm Back Hill: Mir needed a win. He had been unimpressive in three fights, and then had to postpone a bout with Antoni Hardonk because of a shoulder injury. He did win, quickly submitting Hardonk. He then had another quick win over some guy named Brock Lesnar.

Mt. Interim Champion: After coaching against him for the eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," Mir beat Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92. Mir won in a second round TKO, winning the interim belt and earning a shot at Brock Lesnar. The winner would unify the belts.

Valley of UFC 100: At the biggest and most publicized UFC event in history, Mir's match with Lesnar was the main event. The two trash talked for months before the fight, but Lesnar easily won by TKO. Lesnar controlled Mir on the ground, then pounded him out for the win.

French Fighter Hill: Mir got back on track with a win over Cheick Kongo that saw Mir return to his grappling roots. He won by a guillotine.

Not Another Big Wrestler! Valley: Mir couldn't sustain his winning ways, getting knocked out by Shane Carwin at UFC 111.

This leads us to Mir's match-up with MMA legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 119 this Saturday. Will this bout be a hill or valley for Mir?

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