The fight card for the most recent pay per view of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC at UFC 169 featured two Heavyweight fighters in need of a result. Frank Mir took on Alistair Overeem inside the cage with both knowing they had to perform if they wanted to remain a part of the promotion.
Mir did not and suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the Dutchman and with his recent showing inside the cage being very poor; it raises the question whether his future still lies in the UFC.
Mir loves to fight but it is also true that his days as a top Heavyweight are numbered. There are no indications yet that the UFC will release him but should they do, he doesn’t have a lot of options left.
If the UFC does retain Frank Mir, even then he will not be considered a top draw fight and the UFC might use him as a gatekeeper for up and coming Heavyweights to go through. Or they could put him in matches that he is favored to win and if he manages to put together a run, they can give him a shot at the title.
There was a time when Mir could sell out crowds with his skills inside the cage and his skills in trash talking. Over time, his skills inside the cage have diminished but he is still a top draw for fans.
And this makes him a unique prospect for Bellator, the second biggest Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the world. Although the gulf in class is huge between Bellator and the UFC, it could use someone like Frank Mir build a reputation and move ahead in the game and with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson already a part of the team, could set up a high stakes match with him as well.
Dana White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC recently stated that deep down in his heart, he believes long reigning UFC Welterweight Championship holder Georges St. Pierre will return to the UFC Octagon one day and bring the curtains down on his self imposed exile from the sport.
And Johnny Hendricks, one of his prized fighters in the 170 lbs weight category in the absence of the legendary GSP agrees with him as well.
Hendricks suffered a controversial decision defeat at the hands of Rush in November at UFC 167 and he will now face up against Robbie Lawler in a match for a UFC Welterweight Championship vacated by the Canadian earlier this month.
Hendricks believes if GSP is anything like he himself is, he will return to the UFC – sooner rather than later. He stated that whenever he quit wrestling, it took him only five months before he was crying out for a return to the ring again. Hendricks stated that it was just the competitor in him that still wanted to be an elite wrestler but he transferred to Mixed Martial Arts.
He admitted that he doesn’t know what Georges St. Pierre could transfer over to that could feed his drive but if he were anything like him, he would get tired of life without any pressure to prove anything and will crave for a return to the UFC Octagon.
One could certainly venture the guess that with Dana White commenting that he sees GSP returning, a lot of what Hendricks expects could be wishful thinking on his part as well. But Hendricks also added that although he doesn’t know for sure whether Georges St. Pierre will return, he added that if he does, he hopes to be there to meet him in a match.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir will square off against former UFC Heavyweight Championship contender Alistair Overeem at UFC 167 which is scheduled for the 16th of November at Las Vegas in Nevada, according to an official announcement from the UFC.
Mir, who has been a two time title holder in the division in the past, once the lineal belt and once the interim title, has lost all three of his last fights. He suffered two knockout defeats in that span and between those two knockout losses; he was absolutely manhandled before losing in a lopsided unanimous decision to UFC new boy Daniel Cormier. In his most recent fight in the UFC, Mir suffered the second of his recent knockout losses to Josh Barnett at UFC 164 in the very first round.
Although Frank Mir was being completely dominated by Barnett, many critics have mentioned that the stoppage that came at the 1:56 minute mark was a little bit too premature and Mir should have had some more time to mount a counter.
The loss was Mir’s 8th in his professional career and it drops his record to a 16-8. However, despite his recent run of poor form, Mir is still ranked inside the top 10 in the list of Heavyweights and he will look to take out his frustration on Alistair Overeem as he looks to regain his standing in the division.
However, it must also be considered that the Heavyweight division of the UFC has become so crowded at the top that even if Frank Mir embarks on an all conquering run from now, the chances of him getting another shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship are next to none but he still can retire with some pride intact if he does so.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Josh Barnett will be making his much awaited return to the UFC Octagon for the first time in almost 11 years when he takes on another former UFC Heavyweight champion in the form of Frank Mir at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, according to a press release by the officials of the UFC. The announcement comes just a week since the UFC announced that the fighter has signed a multi fight deal with the promotion.
Barnett, who has a professional record of 32-6, is ranked as the sixth best Heavyweight in the world by several Mixed Martial Arts outlets. He defeated the legendary Randy Couture back in 2002 to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship but he was soon tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs and was immediately stripped off the title by the UFC. And since then, he has not had a fight in the UFC.
He even won his last match at Strike Force when he won via submission in the very first round. And speaking of the match, the former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir mentioned that he feels pride in being asked by the UFC to call upon him to welcome the returning star to the company. Mir, who lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship in a brutal encounter against Brock Lesnar, has not been at his best for the last couple of fights he has had, but he is still a force to be reckoned with and someone who is considered as one of the best Heavyweights of all time.
Frank Mir is ranked as the ninth best Heavyweight in the world and is on a two fight losing streak, which he will seek to break against Barnett when the two finally meet each other at UFC 164.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir wants to take home the limbs of Daniel Cormier after finishing with him at UFC on FOX 7 and according to DC, that very thought is extremely disturbing. Mir, who is a former two time champion in the UFC’s 265 lbs division has a very unique way with words and was never one to shy away from a pre-match hullaballoo if it gave him a slight edge.
And in a manner very typical of the Heavyweight fighter, Mir stated that should Cormier make the slightest of mistakes during their encounter on the 20th of April at UFC on Fox 7, he will hunt him down and take his limbs home with him. For his own part, however, DC has stated that he will not be going into the Octagon with a whole lot of emotion and he added that if the mind of Frank Mir works in the way he is proclaiming it does, then it is absolutely disgusting.
The former winner of the Strike Force Heavyweight Grand Prix was speaking at the media conference call ahead of UFC on FOX 7, Cormier stated that he is very big on fighting with a whole lot of emotion but added that he won’t be going into the match against Mir with any sort of emotion, before going on to add that there is absolutely nothing that Frank Mir can say which will make him fight a more dangerous fight than he already does.
But DC should be aware that Mir is not someone who only talks the talks but also walks the talks after he broke the arm of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira when they faced each other back at UFC 140 almost two years back now, which might worry DC.
He suffered a loss in a championship match just last May but according to former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight Championship contender Frank Mir, it doesn’t take too much effort to be ranked highly in the division in the promotion. Speaking to a Mixed Martial Arts media platform, Mir stated that the Heavyweight division in the promotion is always a short road compared to the other divisions. He added it is extremely difficult in the Heavyweight division to put together a string of two or three wins, adding that things change pretty quickly here.
Since the inception of the UFC Heavyweight Championship, there has been no champion who has been able to defend the title on more than two occasions. Of the 17 title reigns that the division has seen till date, only Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture, and Tim Sylvia have retained the title after two defenses. Frank Mir was crowned the champion for a short while but after he suffered a road accident, he had to relinquish the title before he could have the opportunity to defend it.
He would go on to win the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship title several years later but he failed to win the title unification bout against Brock Lesnar at UFC 100. After suffering another bout of injury, Mir is ready to step inside the ring once again as he gets ready to take on Daniel Cormier, hoping to get the better of him so that he can earn another crack at the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Cormier is undefeated in his last 11 fights. The two of them were set to face last year before Frank Mir got injured, delaying the match till UFC on FOX 7, which is scheduled to take place on the 20th of April in San Jose.