Posts with the tag "Frank Mir"

 

Strange but interesting, Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson at UFC 130

posted by cradick on January-10-2011, 4:06am

As reported by MMAJunkie, Roy Nelson is slated to face Frank Mir at UFC 130. At first glance, I didn't think it would be all that interesting but upon further review it could be very interesting.

Once upon a time, there was this 8 man wrestling tournament and Roy Nelson was crowned the champion. This might not seem all that relevant until you've seen the competitor list. It includes UFC fighters Brandon Vera, Diego Sanchez, and, you guessed it, Frank Mir. You can read more about the tournament here.

Not that I expect Nelson to win this fight, but at least it should be fun to watch.

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UFC 111 Results and Thoughts

posted by cradick on April-7-2010, 12:00am

OK, better late then never, right? I won't get into a complete breakdown, but there are a few fights I wanted to discuss.

Looking back on my Frank Mir vs Shane Carwin post, I have to say I did pretty well predicting this one. Carwin was able to knock out Mir midway through the first round. This result was great for the UFC for a couple of reasons. First, it really put Carwin's name on the map. Mir is a big name with drawing power, but now Carwin should be able the same. Second, Carwin versus Lesnar actually shapes up to be a better fight. With Carwin's wrestling background, Lesnar won't have the same advantage he did with Mir. The UFC will probably put this fight on in July and I expect an event similar to UFC 100.

The George St-Pierre/Dan Hardy fight went pretty much as most people expected. However, I think everybody was surprised that Hardy didn't tap on at two occasions. So what's next for St-Pierre? I know I want to see St-Pierre step up a weight class and fight Anderson Silva, but don't expect that to happen anytime soon. As for Hardy, I think he will rebound from this loss but getting another title shot will be a long road.

As for the rest of the fights, I thought they were entertaining. To see all the results, visit the UFC 111 results page.

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UFC 111: Frank Mir vs Shane Carwin

posted by cradick on March-26-2010, 12:00am

I am not exactly sure how to best summarize my thoughts on this fight, so let's just jump into it. Since his loss to Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir has been on a mission. He started a weight lifting program and if I remember right he put on about 20-30 pounds of muscle. The new found motivation for training has also prompted him to say stupid things like he wanted Brock Lesnar to die in the Octagon. My point is this, the guy is obviously motivated and that is a dangerous thing.

Speaking of dangerous things, Shane Carwin is an anomaly in the UFC heavyweight division. Let me lay the stats down for you, the guy has a perfect record (11-0) with four of those victories coming in the UFC. OK, that is pretty good but add the fact that no fighter has made it past the first round and you start to understand how good this guy is.

What makes Carwin so dangerous is that he is an elite wrestler with the punching power to put anybody to sleep. Mir has good hands, but Carwin has already shown that he has a good chin. I say advantage Carwin.

The key for Mir will be to extend the length of the fight, the longer it goes the better for Mir. The odds makers have Mir as their favorite, but I like Carwin in this fight. Expect some heavy hands to end this fight early.

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Nogueira and Mir tapped to be Coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 8

posted by cradick on May-13-2008, 6:09pm

The UFC announced today that interim UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Former Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will be coaches on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. The eighth installment of the show will premier on September 17.

Interestingly, the show will feature heavyweights as well as lightweights. This is a deviation from the last three seasons where a single weight class was featured. The advantage of having two weight classes is two-fold. First, there will be two champions from the show that will instantly be marketable. Second, fighters from different classes are more likely to get along (via the shows team concept) since they will never face each other in the octagon.

I am still undecided about Mir and Nogueira as coaches. On one hand, it will be interesting to learn more about them as people. On the other hand, couldn't the UFC find a better pair of coaches? I am putting the early money on Mir to come out with more wins on the show.

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UFC 81 Breaking Point: Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar

posted by cradick on February-1-2008, 8:56pm

The next big thing is finally here, the question is will it be Frank Mir or Brock Lesnar? For all the hype this fight is getting, I suppose it won't make it past the first round. Lesnar will either pound Mir into submission or he will get caught in a submission.

If you don't know who Brock Lesnar is, where the hell have you been? He was an awesome collegiate wrestler and rose to fame in pro wrestling. After wrestling, he even tried a career in pro football, but eventually abandoned that after being asked to play in Europe. Now, enter MMA where his skills as a wrestler make his skill set a natural fit.

Speaking of potential, that is often the word used to describe Frank Mir. Mir was on top of the MMA world when he beat Tim Sylvia at UFC 48 to become the new heavyweight champion. Then, a motorcycle accident nearly ended his fighting career. Now, Mir has a chance to live up to his potential and get back into heavyweight title contention.

Having watched Lesnar wrestle in college, I have to pick him to win this fight. Never have I seen a man of his size be so athletic. Mir does have a great chance to win this fight, but it will take a mistake by Lesnar. Expect Lesnar to win by technical knock out in the first round.

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