Frank Mir Knocks On Heavyweight Title Door
It seems that Frank Mir has shot back to the top over his last few fights. His heavyweight tilt with Cain Velasquez was announced as a number one contender match up today. The winner of the UFC 146 bout will fight the winner of the heavyweight title contest between Alistair Overeem and champion Junior Dos Santos. It has been a career of ups and downs for Frank Mir. His meteoric rise to the top of the UFC’s heavyweight division came way back in 2004 when he snapped Tim Sylvia’s arm to claim the UFC’s heavyweight title. His star quickly took a fall as he was involved in a motorcycle accident that nearly ended his career shortly thereafter.
Since that time the Las Vegas native has continued to see inconsistencies since his return until recently. When asked how such inconsistencies affected him he stated, “I’m human, theres times when you sit there in despair and it doesn’t seem like you’re going to make it. Then you know, the next day you get back on the horse and you keep on trying.”
With a knockout over former Pride Grand Prix champion Mirko Cro Cop and the ripping of Antonio Rodrigo Nogiuera’s limbs, Frank Mir is once again knocking on the door of a title shot. The only thing standing in his way is another former heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez. A decorated wrestler from Arizona State, Velasquez is coming off a KO loss to champion Junior Dos Santos.
Mir has a tendency to not do very well against strong wrestlers and has admitted, “It concerns me greatly. I think wrestling is one of the things I have the hardest time with.” When asked by US Combat sports how his training camp has been breaking up between wrestling, striking, etc. he stated, “I don’t really break it up. We just throw on the gloves and do it. Game plan, zero. Just get in there and see how it goes.”
While this idea may not smooth over well with many fans, there is some truth to Mir’s approach. He is coming off a three fight win streak and has been in the cage with nothing short of the best heavyweights the world has to offer. He has consistently shown that he is every bit as dangerous on feet as he is on ground and he could very easily be the next heavyweight champion. He is a true blue fighter who is in there because he loves fighting. Game plan or not he knows he has the tools to beat anyone in the division.