Frank Mir has experimented with competing at different weights over his past several fights. After struggling with behemoth-sized heavyweights like Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, Mir packed on the muscle, bulking up past the heavyweight limit of 265lbs. and cutting weight for the first time in his career.
In the past, Mir usually weighed in somewhere around 245-255lbs., and has admitted that he sacrificed some movement and technical proficiency when weighing above 265lbs. As a result, he was looking to come in slightly trimmer for his recent bout against Roy Nelson and he did, weighing in at 260lbs., though that wasn’t exactly as light as he was planning to be.
Mir’s head trainer, Jimmy Gifford, recently spoke with ESPN.com and revealed that Mir’s weight cut was hampered due to injuries in his training camp, as well as an eleventh hour battle against bronchitis.
“The ligaments in his knee were damaged,” said Gifford. “He missed weeks seven and eight of the camp. Because of the knee issue, the weight didn’t come off like we thought it would. He won’t be that heavy for his next fight, I can promise you that.”
“The Sunday before the event, he ended up with Bronchitis,” Gifford added. “His whole family was sick. The game plan in the fight was to go for it early, try and land some big shots and then pull off the gas pedal. We were worried about his breathing. Five days before the fight we had to stop practice because he had a panic attack and couldn’t breathe. First time that’s ever happened to him.”
Despite facing such adversity, Mir turned in an impressive performance against a very durable Nelson, taking home a unanimous decision over his fellow Las Vegan for his efforts. The two squared off on May 28 in the co-main event of UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill.