Frank Mir was the first fighter to stop Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira when the two meet back in 2008 following a stint as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter. In December, the two will collide in a rematch at UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida from Toronto.
Leading up to the bout for the then-UFC interim heavyweight championship, Nogueira was dealing with a staph infection that he says kept him from being his best. Mir, however, says he hopes “Minotauro” is ready to go this time around.
“(Nogueira) had a few issues before the fight that he felt really hampered his performance. So I feel that there’s an opportunity for him to basically put up or shut up,” said Mir, during a special UFC 137 Fight Club Q&A this past week. “He can come out and take another opportunity at it. I understand it. All fighters, we have issues going on before fights. It happens. But that’s what rematches are for.”
Since defeating Nogueira, Mir has went 3-2 with his two losses coming to Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar. “Minotauro” is 2-1, having only fallen to current UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez since the Mir bout.