Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir had people scratching their heads earlier this year when he openly expressed interest in competing in the light heavyweight division. Mir, who had just put on an excess of twenty pounds of muscle to top the heavyweight limit of 265lbs., cited the size of fighters like Forrest Griffin (who walks around upwards of 230 pounds and competes at 205) as an impetus for wanting to compete at light heavyweight. FightersOnly.com caught up with Mir prior to his fight with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic this weekend and learned that the Las Vegan is still considering competing as a 205’er, just not right now.
“Right now it’s on pause. It’s definitely on pause,” Mir said of a move to 205. “I want to do it. I’m not going to 205 because I feel I can do better as far as it’s easier fights. In fact, 205 is extremely stacked. The tenth guy there is more dangerous than the tenth guy in the heavyweight division; so there’s a lot more talent to worry about at 205. That’s why you get a guy like Pat Barry, who’s 230, probably could go to 205. But at heavyweight, it’s less competition; you can really beat people up. Especially if you’re a fast heavyweight.”
Mir stressed the fact that he isn’t considering the move to make his life easier but to join fighters like BJ Penn, Dan Henderson and Randy Couture in being a multiple weight class champion.
“It wasn’t for an easier path, it was brought up one time and because certain people around me their reply was ‘absolutely not, there is no way you could do that…,” Mir said. “Being a multiple weight class champion would be a phenomenal feat. If ever another opportunity arises, if I take time off for another surgery or an injury, I’ll come back as a 205’er for a little bit.”
Mir is set to take on former PRIDE star Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic this weekend in the main event of UFC 119, which will be airing live via pay-per-view from the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.