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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC Fight Night 85’s Frank Mir

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 85 headliner Frank Mir, who looks to return to the win column this Saturday (March 19, 2016) inside Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strap-hanger, Frank Mir, takes on kickboxing veteran and knockout artist, Mark Hunt, this Saturday (March 19, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 85 inside Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

Returning from a year-long layoff, Mir had a surprisingly strong 2015. The 36-year-old won two of three fights inside the Octagon — with his sole loss coming via close decision to top contender Andrei Arlovski — and showed a bit of renewed energy.

Now, Mir looks to return from that loss and jump back into the win column. If he can pull it off, Mir is still relevant to today’s Heavyweight title picture, as astounding as that may seem.

Let’s take a closer look at the former champion’s skill set:

Striking

Mir has always been a dangerous, albeit inconsistent, striker. Since his resurgence, Mir has spent a lot of time improving upon his striking and focusing on the technical aspect. Most notably, Mir now largely works out of the Southpaw stance, and it’s gone rather well for him.

The biggest benefit of Mir’s switch to Southpaw has likely been his improved lead hand. His jab and right hook are harder than ever, which helps him maintain a bit more distance and deters his foe from rushing him with power shots. Most notably, Mir shut off the lights of Antonio Silva with a beautiful right hook off the jab (GIF).

On the whole, Mir seems to be relying and building on his karate background more than ever. From the outside, he bounces around before stepping ….View full article

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