This past weekend was dominated by The Ultimate Fighter 5 finale although there was more MMA to be had. UFC veterans Frank Mir and Brad Imes both posted wins this past weekend at Tuff-N-Uff in Las Vegas.
Imes easily defeated Vince Lucero in the main event of the card as he sank in an easy rear naked choke in the first round to claim the promotion’s heavyweight title. Imes is a rather well known former UFC fighter primarily due to his time on The Ultimate Fighter 2 where he was the runner-up to Rashad Evans who defeated him on the shows finale by split decision. He has lost all 3 of his UFC fights with his most recent defeat coming to Heath Herring at UFC 69. The win may help him eventually make a UFC comeback although he will surely need to win more fights to return to the octagon.
In perhaps the most highly anticipated fight on the card was former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir facing Renato “Babalu” Sobral in a submission grappling fight. Mir was defeated by Sobral 6-2 although neither was submitted in six minute fight.
Both fighters were looking to prove they still had what it takes to compete in the UFC although the modified rules made it hard to judge the overall success of the fight. Mir, who missed over a year of fighting due to a motorcycle accident, is 1-2 since his return from the injury and hasn’t fought in the UFC since November of last year when he was quickly knocked out by Brandon Vera. He was tentatively scheduled to fight Tim Sylvia at UFC 74 although the status of the fight is not known.
Sobral lost to Chuck Liddell in the first round in August of 2006 in a light heavyweight title fight and fell in his next contest as well via second round KO to Jason Lambert at UFC 68.
While the fight didn’t improve their UFC stock in particular it is expected that both Sobral and Mir will be competing in the UFC again while Imes will have to prove he deserves another shot at a fight in the organization.