Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir is fresh off of a lackluster victory over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and is setting his sights on improving his station in the heavyweight division in hopes of one day reclaiming the heavyweight belt. Speaking with MMASucka recently, Mir discussed his future in the heavyweight division and discussed some prospective future bouts.
Having been unseated from the heavyweight throne by Cain Velasquez, Brock Lesnar is reportedly lookiong for a challenging bout when he returns and many are speculating that a rubber match with his rival Frank Mir would provide him with a high-profile challenge. Mir isn’t exactly on board with the idea however, as he told MMASucka that he would like to see both Lesnar and himself rack up some more victories before they conclude their trilogy.
“Honestly right now, probably no,” Mir said of taking a third bout with Lesnar. “Just because the Carwin fight, Lesnar didn’t look all that spectacular, I think a lot of people might have thought that he lost that fight. And then the Velasquez fight obviously, Velasquez made Brock basically shout ‘Stop, Enough, Enough’ before he tapped due to strikes and that looked really bad.”
In light of Lesnar’s recent performances and his own poor showing against Filipovic, Mir explained that he would prefer to wait on the bout so that it may carry more significance.
“Right now I’m coming a win off of Mirko, I would maybe like to see me get another win and Brock himself redeem himself, so that way it’s more relevant to the division,” he said. “Not just having the third fight for the sake of having the third fight. But having it to where it actually has some substance so that whoever wins will position themselves for a title shot. I think it has a lot more meaning that way.”
Mir is eyeing potential future opponents however, and sees young prospect Brendan Schaub as a perfect fit for a bout that would hopefully propel him back towards a title shot.
“Roy Nelson is coming off a loss right now, but Brendan Schaub looked very good against Gabriel Gonzaga,” Mir assessed. “That would be a fight, as far as trying to move forward to solidify myself for a title shot.”
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