Daniel Cormier’s first outing for the UFC won’t be easy as he takes on former heavyweight champion Frank Mir.
“The strong point is his jiu-jitsu,” said Cormier to TATAME. “Frank knows how to finish fights and is good at it. Not everyone in MMA is that good at submissions.”
Nine of Mir’s 16 career wins have come via submission. He won his first UFC title when he locked in an armbar against Tim Sylvia at UFC 48. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight in the first round after watching Silva’s arm break. Silva never tapped and contested the call at first, before agreeing it was the right decision.
Cormier is untouched in his 11 fights. He went 8-0 under Strikeforce before they closed at the start of the year. For the promotion, he took wins over top names such as Antonio “Big Foot” Silva and Josh Barnett.
When the two meet, Cormier thinks that the extra gas in his tank will make him the quicker of the two and lead to the victory.
They were supposed to fight on Strikeforce’s November card before it was cancelled. Mir pulled out with an injury suffered in training. It has been rescheduled for UFC on FOX 7 from the HP Pavilion. They are the co-main event for the April 20 card out of San Jose, CA.