Frank Mir will try to prove to those that cast doubt over his first win against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira that it was no fluke when the two meet at UFC 140.
UFC 140 takes place on December 10 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will feature a main event pitting UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against Lyoto Machida. Nogueira’s brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, will meet Tito Ortiz on the card, as well.
For Mir, this fight is all about continuing his climb to the top of the UFC heavyweight division, a place both fighters have been at before. In 2008, Mir became the first man to knock “Minotauro” out at UFC 92 after the two coached on The Ultimate Fighter.
“Nogueira is still a very tough guy. A lot of people are on two sides of the extreme. They either think the first fight was a fluke or that he should retire,” said Mir, in an interview with MMA Interviews (thanks to MMA Mania for transcribing). “I see someone who is going to be extremely motivated, who wants to get revenge, so I don’t look to overlook him at all. He’s a very legitimate submission specialist. Even when he’s 80 years old, he gonna be dangerous on the ground.”
Mir (15-5) claimed the interim UFC heavyweight title when he defeated Nogueira, but lost the championship to Brock Lesnar in a unification bout. He has went 3-1 since that loss, including recent wins over Roy Nelson and Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic.
Nogueira (33-6-1) rebounded from a loss to current UFC champ Cain Velasquez by knocking out Brendan Schaub at UFC 135 this past August. He is 2-2 since the Mir loss.