Alistair Overeem defeated Frank Mir by unanimous decision in their UFC 169 main card fight on Saturday night in New Jersey.
Overeem paced himself throughout the contest, earning the judges' nod with scores of 30-27 across the board.
“Usually I always go for the knockout,” Overeem said in his post-fight interview, adding, “but this fight I chose to pace myself a little bit.”
After a feeling-out process, Overeem landed a knee to the head that grounded Mir. Overeem chased his opponent to the ground and landed several short shots, but Mir recovered and returned to the feet. Mir pulled guard, but Overeem landed more blows on the ground as time expired, signaling an end to the first round.
Overeem continued to look for knee strikes in the second round through going for clinches. Mir countered and secured a takedown, attempting a guillotine at one point, but Overeem escaped and pounded away at his opponent. The fight returned to the feet just before the end of the second round.
Mir was bloodied up as the third round began, going for a takedown, but getting stuffed in the process. Mir pulled guard, and Overeem continued to punish the former UFC heavyweight champion with short strikes on the ground. After returning to the feet, Overeem landed more punches on the way to the unanimous decision.
Overeem picks up his second win in the UFC with his victory over Mir, ending a two-fight losing streak. His other win came over another former UFC heavyweight champ in Brock Lesnar, who has been the center of attention in a rumored return to the UFC.
Overeem, addressing the rumor in his post-fight interview, said he would like to welcome the pro wrestler back mixed martial arts.
“I'll be here, waiting for you,” he said.
In defeat, Mir loses his fourth fight in a row and is on the longest losing streak of his 13-year career.
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