Frank Mir Biography

Frank Mir is a mixed martial artist from the United States of America who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC in the Heavyweight class. He is also the holder of a black belt in the martial art forms of Kenpo Karate as well as Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has been the UFC Interim heavyweight Champion as well as the UFC Heavyweight Champion and is the holder of the most number of victories ever recorded in the Heavyweight division of the UFC with 13 victories to his name. As per the latest rankings released by Sherdog, Mir is the 7th best fighter in the world in the Heavyweight division.  Born on the 24th of May, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States of America as Francisco Santos Miranda, Mir was, initially not inclined to learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu when he watched the first ever episode of Ultimate Fighting Championship: The Beginning. Although most of the people at that time, including his father were immensely impressed by Royce Gracie and the moves that he performed inside the ring, Frank Mir felt that he did not need to learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was of the opinion that his already acquired skills would be enough to defend against an exponent of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Mir was encouraged to take up wrestling by his father because he was of the opinion that it would help to avoid submitting to some of the moves and Mir took up wrestling in high school and he went on a nine match losing streak as a junior. In his senior year in 1998, Mir had a brilliant record of 44-1 that ultimately helped him win the state championship. He was also a part of his school’s football team and was a brilliant track and field athlete. Frank Mir defeated Tim Sylvia to win the black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at UFC 48: Payback after training for just 5 years.

The victory against Sylvia, where he broke his opponent’s arm in four places after just 50 seconds thanks to a submission move, brought him the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship. In his career so far, Mir has faced 20 opponents with 15 wins under his belt and 5 losses. 8 of the wins that Frank Mir has registered has been with the help of the Arm-bar submission move and his career is at a place from where he can easily take off to be one of the legends of the sport.

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