Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir returned to action in the co-headliner of tonight’s Bellator 212 event in Hawaii against Javy Ayala.
Frank Mir made his Bellator debut this past April, suffering a first-round TKO loss to Fedor Emelianenko.
As for Mir’s opponent, Javy Ayala entered tonight’s co-headliner on the heels of a first-round knockout loss to Cheick Kongo at Bellator 199.
Frank Mir had a solid opening first-round in tonight’s fight against Ayala. The former UFC champ was able to score some timely takedowns and utilize strong top position to control the bouts opening five minutes.
However, Javy Ayala was able to turn the tide in round two after splitting Frank Mir open with a strike. Ayala would continue to pepper Mir with punches until the bloodied up MMA legend was eventually forced to tap out.
Check out how the MMA Community reacted to Frank Mir’s first-career submission loss below.
Wow. Tapped standing. Something with his teeth or jaw?
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 15, 2018
Frank Mir taps out due to strikes against Javy Ayala.
Mir has lost three in a row and 7 of his last 9.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 15, 2018
Wow. Frank Mir taps standing up due to strikes in Round 2. #BellatorHawaii
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) December 15, 2018
Ayala was a -120 fav.#Bellator212
— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) December 15, 2018
Frank Mir is one of my all time favorite fighters. I hope he calls it a career. #BellatorHawaii
— Mike Straus✍ (@AKAstraus21) December 15, 2018
That goes in the books as the first submission loss of Frank Mir's career. Wasn't due to a grappling hold, of course. #BellatorSalute.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) December 15, 2018
Just got home and flipped on Bellator. What a huge win for Javy Ayala over Frank Mir. I can’t remember the last time I saw someone tap out to strikes.
— Adam Martin (@MMAdamMartin) December 15, 2018
Following his loss to Javy Ayala in tonight’s Bellator 212 co-main event, what would you like to see come next for former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!