It’s been nearly a year since we’ve seen Frank Mir in the Octagon. He’s gone through a myriad of change in his life since losing to Junior dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship back at UFC 146 last May. Following the fight, Mir was slated to fight Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce last November, but Mir injured himself in training and subsequently had surgery. Now that Mir’s fully recovered, the Cormier fight is happening on April 20 in San Jose, CA at the HP Pavilion on UFC on FOX 7?s fight card.
Mir has also decided to train among some of the most elite fighters in the business at Jackson-Winklejohn’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ahead of fighting Cormier. For Mir, it’s the first time he’s officially traveled outside of his native Las Vegas and out of his “comfort zone” to train. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion made the realization that change had to be made in order for him to achieve future success.
Mir told MMA Fight Corner in a recent interview that he’s had plenty of time to dissect Cormier since they were already supposed to collide last November. After watching Cormier’s battles with Josh Barnett and Dion Staring inside the Strikeforce cage, Mir immediately assessed one glaring attribute lacking from Cormier’s game.
“I pretty much know the guy. He has extremely strong, efficient wrestling. I think he throws his hands pretty fast and without abandon. I don’t think he’s the most technical boxer in the world, I don’t think he even thinks he’s the most technical boxer in the world. He’s definitely not JDS, but who is? On the ground though, it really showed me, let’s face it, if I had the same guy on the ground fight would have ended pretty quickly. He wasn’t able to put the guy away through a lack of finishing abilities, through a lack of finishing moves. So that’s one thing that actually surprised me,” said Mir.
“I thought he couldn’t finish Josh because of Josh’s abilities, but then I realized ‘No, he doesn’t really have much finishing ability’. He can catch you with a punch, let’s face it, every heavyweight over 200 pounds has that ability to finish a fight if he catches you. But you got to have the ability to finish with the submission, you know definitive ground and pound where you actually finish somebody off against the cage and it’s menacing, not just finally the referee’s like ‘Well, you know, I guess the guy’s had enough. You really can’t put him away let me help end this fight for you.’”
Frank Mir is renowned for his submissions that have restructured opponents limbs who’ve dared to test him on the ground. Cormier is a former NCAA division I wrestler who also competed in the Olympic Games. The heavyweights will go to war on April 20th in the co-main event at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose, CA’s HP Pavilion. UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson will defend his title for the third time against Strikeforce’s last lightweight title holder, Gilbert Melendez in the main event.