Frank Mir is coming off a championship loss in May, but knows it doesn’t take much in the UFC’s heavyweight division to be highly ranked.
“I think the heavyweight division is always a short road,” said Mir on MMA Interviews. “It’s difficult in our division to piece together two or three wins. You can see how quick things change in our division.”
Since the title’s inception in 1997, no champion has defended the belt more than twice in a row. Out of the 17 reigns only Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia and Brock Lesnar have remained champion after two fights.
Mir held the gold, but suffered a motorcycle accident which caused him to relinquish it before he was able to defend it. Years later he would win the interim title, but lost the unification bout to Lesnar at UFC 100.
After going down with an injury, Mir is ready to face Daniel Cormier in hopes of landing another title shot. Mir needed three wins before then champion Junior dos Santos took a second round stoppage over him.
Cormier comes in as the Strikeforce grand prix winner and is undefeated in his 11 fights. Six of those wins came in round one with the biggest names being Antonio “Big Foot” Silva and Josh Barnett.
They were supposed to meet in November for Strikeforce before Mir got injured. The heavyweights are now the co-main event of UFC on FOX 7 on April 20. It comes from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.