A lot of the talk coming out of UFC 107 a couple weeks ago was about Frank Mir’s dominant victory over Cheick Kongo in what was a huge rebound-win for the former champ. Some of that talk however, quickly switched from his performance to his appearance. Mir weighed in at an in-shape 264 for the fight, only a few short months after weighing in at 245 for UFC 100. Frank Mir recently spoke to Cagewriter.com’s Steve Cofield about allegations that have been circling around about his increase in size and whether or not it was done naturally.
“I understand that everyone is quick to downplay anyone who is successful. Let’s be realistic, I was 245 for the last fight [vs. Brock Lesnar at UFC 100]. Two weeks later I was already 260 because of what it took for me to be 245, if you look at my body fat percentage, I dieted down. I had the mentality that well, I’m going to have to be a cardio freak and every extra pound is going to count against me. So if it’s not pure muscle it’s a waste of my time. Coming in to the Brock Lesnar rematch, it was the leanest I have ever been for a fight.
“So like any guy who is cutting weight, after a couple weeks, you skyrocket back up to your natural weight. When I showed up at Mark Phillipi’s I weighed in at 261. That’s just my natural body weight. I’m not really a 245-pound guy, that’s just me cardio’ed out of my mind and watching everything I ate. If you look at those 10 pounds you have to look at what percentage of that is muscle, my body fat obviously increased for the Cheick Kongo fight because I was nowhere near as lean as I was for UFC 100. You put on blood volume because you increased the size. On a fluid level you retain more fluid. It’s not really that farfetched for a guy my size. It’s just that the average human being is well below 200 pounds so it may be hard for a lot of people to fathom.
“Mark Phillipi is a huge man himself and he’s always been a drug-free athlete. He’s never had to use that stuff to compete and he’s in the upper echelon of his sport. That’s why I chose him because I see guys who are out there that are super strong, but let’s face it, the guy is 280 pounds and 6 percent body fat, and that’s probably not natural.
“The UFC drug tests the hell out of us. I get drug tested before and after the fight. And I get randomly drug tested all the time because I’m under contract with the UFC. I’m sure there is a way around everything, but that’s a lot of stress. That means you’re worrying how to get around that and you have to fight in a couple of hours. Fighting is stressful enough as it is, worrying about a drug test is just not necessary.”