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Frank Mir: We Don’t Know How Well Cain Velasquez Defends Submissions

Make no mistake, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has his sights set on getting back the belt that he once owned.

With the strap being currently held by undefeated Cain Velasquez, Mir can’t help but weigh his chances against the American Kickboxing Academy standout. In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Mir discussed the prospect of facing the younger champion.

“Right now in the UFC I believe I would give him the best fight right now and that’s not taking anything away from him as I feel he is the best fighter in the world right now,” said the 31-year-old. “I would really be hard-pressed to defeat him, the only reason I pose a bigger threat than some of the other guys is because we really don’t know how well he defends submissions. I think it would take someone who could keep him down for awhile and test how he fights off of his back. Obviously his wrestling is extraordinary as evidenced in his fight against Brock, but who knows how well he would do if he were put in a dangerous spot with a good submission artist. His striking is good, but he does throw short punches which got him in trouble with Cheick Kongo, but unfortunately for Kongo he could not stay on his feet. I think Carwin would be a good match-up for him as well. He punches hard enough to keep his opponents honest and is difficult to put down. Carwin would probably have a good chance at stuffing Cain’s shot, but we really don’t know how well Carwin fights off his back either.”

Before Mir can sink his hooks into the champ, he must get past Roy “Big Country” Nelson, whom he meets later this month at UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill. UFC 130 goes down on May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In his most recent bout, Mir rebounded from a TKO loss to Shane Carwin by defeating Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic via knockout.