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.
When it comes to the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC, there have been many great fighters over the years – some have gone on to earn the status of being a legend, where some others, such as Frank Mir has been hailed as arguably the best submission fighter in the division. But when it comes to the art of jiu-jitsu, Mir believes that it is Fabricio Werdum who is the best by quite some distance in the UFC Heavyweight division.
Speaking to Fight Hub TV, the veteran UFC fighter stated that as far as the art of jiu-jitsu is concerned, there is no one who comes even close to Werdum and he is, without the doubt, the best jiu-jitsu artist in the division. Werdum secured a pair of wins in 2012 and he is now set to take on Anotonio Rogerio Noguera in a few months’ time in June. The Brazilian took just a single win last year after he returned to action from a serious injury. Frank Mir had to go all the way and break the arm of the Brazilian to force him to submit back at UFC 140 with the kimura being awarded the Submission of the Year award.
When asked what kind of an outcome he expected when the two big Heavyweights of the division take each other on in June, Mir did not have any direct answer. However, he did give a hint on who he thinks would take the fight when he stated that the Brazilian would have it really tough.
Frank Mir himself, on the other hand, might just land a fight with former Strike Force Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier with months of speculation regarding the fight. However, nothing concrete has come out of it yet but news is expected soon.
The undefeated Heavyweight contender from Strike Force, Daniel Cormier has finally signed a deal to head to the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC, according to a recent revelation. And while Dana White, the president of the UFC wants to enter him straight into the title picture and hand him a UFC Heavyweight Championship match against the newly crowned champion Cain Velasquez, Cormier has straightaway declined the chance, adding the he will, in no way, go head to head with his team mate, adding that he would instead favor a fight against Frank Mir.
Cormier, who is set to fight Dion Staring in the last event at Strike Force recently made a visit to the studios of FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight, where he stated that although White made no hesitation in handing him the chance to fight for the title, but Cormier stated that he would rather earn his shot. He mentioned that after the fight against Staring, he will not be an immediate contender for the title but will have to earn him way up there, and he mentioned the fight against Frank Mir will just be a stepping stone on that journey to the top.
It should be mentioned that White also has plans to pit Cormier against the UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones if the plan to pit him against Velasquez doesn’t go ahead, but it doesn’t seem that Cormier will be ready to accept the fight.
The Olympian is extremely choosy about who he fights and going down a weight division to Light Heavyweight will not suit him at all at this moment and as a result, it seems that the UFC has only one option left and that is to hand him the match against Frank Mir as early as possible, probably at UFC 158.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir has not been someone who has been at the peak of his form over the last few fights that he has had and as a result, many fans and critics were taken by surprise when his name was announced as the next opponent for Daniel Cormier in a cross-over match. Cormier absolutely annihilated his opposition on his way to victory at the Strike Force Heavyweight Grand Prix earlier in the year and it has been confirmed that he will step inside the ring of the promotion for the last time at the end of the year to take on the former UFC heavyweight champion Mir.
Frank Mir has been the UFC Heavyweight champion on two occasions and has a record of 16-6 in the promotion. His last bout was against the reigning UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in a title match. Cormier, on the other hand, is still undefeated in Mixed Martial Arts and boasts of a record of 10-0. He defeated Josh Barnett to win the Heavyweight Championship in Strike Force and has been a wrestler in the Olympic Games as well.
And speaking about the matchup, Dana White, the president of the UFC stated that if one thought of it, the match makes a lot of sense. He stated that Mir just lost his last fight to dos Santos and there is no one in the UFC who has had more UFC Heavyweight Championship shots than Mir. So, for him to be able to fight against Cormier and for Cormier to fight a veteran such as Frank Mir does make a lot of sense.
Cormier is reported to be moving to the UFC after the fight against Mir, although it has not been announced if the title will be on the line.
Many fans of Mixed Martial Arts believe that Daniel Cormier is now a talent who could easily ply his trade at the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC. And he will get the chance of going higher up in the books of fans as well as promoters as a Heavyweight fighter when he faces former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir. And although the former champion knows that he will be the overwhelming underdog in the fight, speaking to MMAFighting.com, he stated that he has no reservations about taking on a former Olympian in the shape of Cormier.
Speaking about the fight, Mir stated that when he was asked about the fight, he agreed straightaway. Mir found himself in quite a predicament earlier in the year after dropping a title bout against the champion Junior dos Santos. With almost all the other Heavyweight fighters in the UFC booked for a fight, the only option he had left was taking on a lower ranked opposition, which, however, wouldn’t have done much good to the career of Frank Mir.
Cormier faced a similar situation in Strike Force as well. After he defeated Josh Barnett, he found himself getting better and better each time he stepped inside the cage on his way to a triumph at the Strike Force Heavyweight Grand Prix. If he was a part of the roster at the UFC, Cormier could easily have been in the running for a title shot. Instead, he found himself stuck in a bubble that Strike Force really is.
Thus, although it may seem a bit odd for a fighter from the UFC to go the Strike Force to take on their champion fighter, the fight makes a lot of sense for both Frank Mir and Daniel Cormier and their respective careers in Mixed Martial Arts.