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Frank Mir’s face was beamed worldwide today as part of a Q and A for UFC in the lead-up to his main event bout against Mark ‘The Super Samoan’ Hunt in Brisbane this weekend.
The Reebok cap on Mir’s head declared its occupant as a ‘World Champion’ and although the jiu jitsu black belt doesn’t currently hold that kind of silverware, it’s a reminder of his great past in the Octagon.
It was the submission skills of 24-year-old Mir that separated him from the pack and eventually won him the heavyweight title with a gruesome armbar on Tim Sylvia in 2004. A career-threatening motorcycle injury sidelined Mir for a long time, but he remained in the heavyweight title conversation right up until 2012 when a loss to Junior Dos Santos in title fight began a stretch of four losses for him.
Just when we were counting him out, Mir banked two back-to-back first round knockout victories over Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva and Todd Duffee. A new sophistication in the boxing realm is a hallmark of the latest version of Mir, who turns 37 in May. Although his hand wasn’t raised against Andrei Arlovski when they clashed in September, some media members scored the fight for Mir, who didn’t look out of place trading shots with the Belarusian kickboxer.
Regardless of his developed skillset in the striking department, Mir has no grand illusions heading into his bout with kickboxing legend and iron-chinned Kiwi, Hunt.
The K-1 Grand Prix champion had a renaissance in his own MMA career after demanding that he fight out his contract with UFC, despite the promotion’s desire to pay his contract out when he came in as a part of the Pride deal. His explosive hands have brought the most resilient of challenges to a close, with ….View full article