Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will return to action next month to welcome Daniel Cormier at UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez.
Mir, who was forced to postpone a meeting with “DC” last year, recently talked about the ex-Olympian with MMA Fight Corner, specifically Cormier’s win over Josh Barnett.
“I thought he couldn’t finish Josh because of Josh’s abilities, but then I realized ‘No, he doesn’t really have much finishing ability’. He can catch you with a punch, let’s face it, every heavyweight over 200 pounds has that ability to finish a fight if he catches you. But you got to have the ability to finish with the submission, you know definitive ground and pound where you actually finish somebody off against the cage and it’s menacing, not just finally the referee’s like ‘Well, you know, I guess the guy’s had enough. You really can’t put him away let me help end this fight for you.'”
Mir (16-6) had his three-fight win streak snapped by then-UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos early in 2012. He owns nine career submission wins.
This is an interesting match between fighters, as it is very similar to the early Mir-Brock Lesnar battle. However, Cormier is much more advanced in his training than Lesnar ever was, and should be able to handle Mir.