UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir

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UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir
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The poster for UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateFebruary 22, 2015 (2015-02-22)
VenueGinásio Gigantinho
CityPorto Alegre, Brazil
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano

UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir (also known as UFC Fight Night 61) was a mixed martial arts event held on February 22, 2015, at the Ginásio Gigantinho in Porto Alegre, Brazil.[2][3]


The event was the first that the UFC has hosted in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.[2]

A light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Glover Teixeira was expected to serve as the event headliner.[4] However, on January 7, Teixeira was forced out of the bout as his knee, injured in his last fight, was slow to heal and he was unable to resume the proper training to prepare for the fight in that time frame. Evans is expected to be rebooked at a different event with possibly a new opponent.[5]

A heavyweight bout between Antônio Silva and former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir, previously scheduled for UFC 184, a week later, headlined the event.[5]

A welterweight bout between Wendell Oliveira and TJ Waldburger, slated for the televised preliminary portion of the event, was cancelled on the day of the weigh-ins, after Waldburger passed out while cutting weight.[6] Both fighters were paid their show money.[7]

According to Nielsen, the main card broadcast on Fox Sports 1 drew an average 1.21 million US viewers, 35% higher than the network's average Fight Night. The prelims drew 831,000. Viewership peaked at 1.392 million during the Saenz vs Alcântara fight.[8]

The event saw a record 10 of 11 underdogs win, following the first bout.[9] This cost online gambling site Bovada nearly $1 million, including a $48,291 payout on a $1 parlay. Bovada sportsbook manager Kevin Bradley said this would make it hard to have a profitable 2015 in the combat sport market.[10]


Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Frank Mir def. Antônio Silva KO (punch and elbows) 1 1:40
Lightweight Michael Johnson def. Edson Barboza Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Sam Alvey def. Cezar Ferreira KO (punches) 1 3:34
Lightweight Adriano Martins def. Rustam Khabilov Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Frankie Saenz def. Iuri Alcântara Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Sean Strickland Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Women's Bantamweight Marion Reneau def. Jéssica Andrade Submission (triangle choke) 1 1:54
Welterweight Matt Dwyer def. William Macário KO (superman punch) 1 3:14
Featherweight Mike De La Torre def. Tiago Trator TKO (punches) 1 2:59
Bantamweight Douglas Silva de Andrade def. Cody Gibson Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Lightweight Ivan Jorge def. Josh Shockley Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[12]

  • Fight of the Night: None awarded
  • Performance of the Night: Frank Mir, Sam Alvey, Marion Reneau and Matt Dwyer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2015-02-23). "UFC Fight Night 61 gate and attendance for Bigfoot vs. Mir". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  2. ^ a b Guilherme Cruz (2014-12-04). "UFC Fight Night 61 set for Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Feb. 22". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-12-04.
  3. ^ Staff (2014-12-09). "Fabricio Werdum serves as ambassador for UFC Fight Night 61 in Porto Alegre, Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
  4. ^ Mookie Alexander (2014-12-18). "Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans verbally agreed to headline UFC Fight Night in Porto Alegre, Brazil". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  5. ^ a b Ariel Helwani (2015-01-07). "Frank Mir vs. Antonio Silva moved to Feb. 22 following Glover Teixeira knee injury". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
  6. ^ Dave Doyle (2015-02-21). "T.J. Waldburger faints during weight cut; Sunday fight with Wendell Oliveira canceled". mmafighting.com.
  7. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2015-02-21). "Waldburger-Oliveira Scrapped from Sunday Event". ufc.com.
  8. ^ "Ratings Report: UFC Fight Night 61 main card draws 1.2 million, prelims 813k", by Jason Floyd, MMAReport.com
  9. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-02-22). "UFC Fight Night 61 results: Frank Mir concludes night of upsets, KOs Antonio Silva". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
  10. ^ "UFC costs sportsbook nearly $1M", by Darren Rovell, ESPN.com
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
  12. ^ Staff (2015-02-22). "UFC Fight Night 61 bonuses: Frank Mir leads quartet of 'Performance of the Night' winners". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-02-22.