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That fight was the most boring fight to ever get finished with a clean KO. I can't even do a round by round breakdown of it because every round was exactly the same. Mir pushed in with his usual one-two combo of straight left, uppercut right. Cro Cop pushed off to avoid. Mir clinched up and pushed Cro Cop against the cage. The fight stalled and Herb Dean would separate. Repeat that process.
There were times that they would clinch in the center of the cage and Mir would try to push Cro Cop for a trip takedown or shoot underneath but he was stuffed every single time. It was shocking to me that he couldn't get to the fight to the floor. That pretty much showed me everything I needed to know about Mir. No one has been a bigger apologist of his than me but even I can't defend his performance tonight.
At one point in the third, they were clinched against the cage and it appeared as if Cro Cop and Mir were laughing and having a conversation with each other. I didn't know what to think. Shortly after though, they reset and engaged. Cro Cop came in looking for a left hand and Mir timed him perfectly and pushed his head right down into his knee. Clean KO victory. After it was over and Mirko had woke up, he asked Mir what happened. It was almost surreal seeing Mir explaining to him the way he had just brutally knocked him out.
Like I said, I couldn't be any more unimpressed with both of these guys performance. It should mark the end of Cro Cop's long and storied career. As far as Mir goes, he'll win Knockout of the Night by default but outside of that I don't know where he goes from here.