Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir is on deck to face fellow MMA veteran Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira this December in a rematch of their 2008 meeting. Though Mir won decisively via second-round TKO, he told fans at a Q&A session before last weekend’s UFC 137 fight card that he’s looking forward to fighting Big Nog again since the Brazilian legend blamed his poor performance on a bout with staph shortly before the fight.
“He 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. He can come out and have another opportunity at it. I understand it,” said Mir. “All fighters, we have issues going on before fights. It happens. But that’s what rematches are for. I don’t think lightning strikes twice though.”
Later during the conversation, Mir touched on welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre pulling out of UFC 137 with what some – no doubt spurred on by Nick Diaz and his camp – see as a minor injury. For his part, Mir would rather his opponents pull out of a fight if they’re going to have something to pin a poor performance on later.
“I’ll be honest with you, if I find out my opponent is severely injured and he’s still going to show up, I don’t want him to. I’d rather him pull out and replace him with somebody else. I don’t want to face the guy injured,” he said. “I’ve experienced that with the whole Nogueira rhetoric afterward. ‘Well, he had staph and he had this.’ I’ll tell you from the other point of view, it sucks, because it’s like, ‘Yeah, he beat him, but…”
Check out the video of Mir’s Q&A session below, courtesy MMAHeat.