Frank Mir made quick work of Cheick Kongo at UFC 107 tonight, as the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion only needed all of 72 seconds to put Kongo to sleep with a guillotine. Mir looked as impressive as ever in his 8-year career, and noted that he is working harder than ever to get back to the top.
“I really am trying to put in the hard work to deserve what it takes to be a champion in this sport,” said Mir after the fight.
The beginning of the end took place when Mir floored Kongo with a big left hook in the first minute of the fight.
“He’s a European style boxer, so he had a very erect stance,” Mir said of Kongo. “[I] worked more American style boxing, so I knew that if I slid my head to the right, he would look down and stay erect and I would be able to fire over him.”
After flooring Kongo, he landed a deep guillotine and held it in for several moments, causing Kongo to go limp and the referee stopping the fight.
“He’s a big, powerful guy, I didn’t want to let that choke go and have him grounding and pounding me, that’s not a position I enjoy anymore,” he stated. “So I figured I’d put him to sleep like I said I would at the weigh-ins.”
Mir has stepped up his weight training since losing to Brock Lesnar at UFC 100 in July. Mir walked into the UFC 100 bout at 245 lbs… he stepped into the cage tonight at 265. Mir has been clear that he’s had his sights set on Lesnar since losing to him.
“I really do hope that Brock Lesnar is healthy, he’s a father. I wish no ill will on him,” Mir said of Lesnar’s recent health issues.
“That being said, get healthy so I can redeem myself and face you,” he continued. “I will hurt you and that will be the last of it.”
After Mir’s impressive performance tonight, he may have shot to the top of the list of contenders for Lesnar.