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Frank Mir Has Seen Fighting Grow Into A Popular Sport

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is a seasoned veteran of MMA.

On August 31, he will do battle with another veteran, welcoming Josh Barnett back to the Octagon at UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis as the co-main event.

While everything hasn’t always been sunny-side-up for Mir during his UFC career, it is now something he can state publicly and proud.

“I remember when I first started,” Mir said, during a conference call Tuesday. “When I signed my first UFC contract, you didn’t brag about it. I tried to describe it a few times and no one had a clue what you were talking about.”

He continued, saying, “Nowadays, everybody wants to be a fighter. They think it’s cool to be in the Octagon; it wasn’t that way back in the day.”

Mir was defeated by Daniel Cormier earlier this year. He has been competing in the sport since 2001, compiling a career record of 16-7.