Generally speaking, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir’s biggest weakness is his wrestling.
The submission artist has greatly improved in the striking department over the years and blends both skill sets beautifully, but lacks when it comes to takedowns and takedown defense. Preparing to face one of the game’s best wrestlers in Cain Velasquez — also a former champ — Mir is open about that weakness, believing that he’ll have to make Velasquez pay standing and on the mat to negate his wrestling advantage.
“I think wrestling’s a huge factor in all the fights,” Mir said at yesterday’s UFC 146 announcement presser. “Typically, the guy that’s the better wrestler can decide where the fight goes, whether it’s standing, whether it’s on the ground. I just hope to make it to where both of those are nonviable choices.
“(Velasquez’s wrestling) concerns me greatly,” he continued. “I think wrestling is one of the hardest things, stylistically, I have a hard time with. It’s always gonna be an issue and it’s something for me to constantly improve on and work on in the gym.”
Mir and Velasquez are set to do battle for the number one contender’s spot in the co-main event of UFC 146, which is slated to take place on May 26 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.