Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir earned his first win since 2011 Sunday night, knocking out Antonio Silva in the main event of UFC Fight Night 61.
Mir (17-9) had not been awarded the victory since submitting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in Toronto. He had been stopped by both Josh Barnett and Junior dos Santos, dropping decisions to Alistair Overeem and Daniel Cormier.
Both Nogueira and Brock Lesnar were on the mind of Mir following the event. He’s fought each twice before, earning two wins over Nogueira and splitting with Lesnar.
“I think it would be a huge fight,” said Mir, of facing Lesnar again. “I think it’s something that would catapult my name even higher. I think a rubber match between us would be a phenomenal fight.”
Mir admitted that he needed to win over Silva to keep even the thought of facing Lesnar again relevant. Currently, Lesnar remains in the WWE as heavyweight champion, but rumors have surfaced for months about a return to MMA.
As for Nogueira, Mir stated he’d be willing to fight in Brazil again because of the respect he has for “Big Nog.”
“If he only has one fight left, I would be more than happy to give him that,” he said. “As fighters, we know that one has to win and one has to lose. Without each other, there are no fights.
“I have a ton of respect for him and that is a guy I used to mimic and watch when I was young.”