The UFC recently broke form by giving former heavyweight champion Frank Mir the green light to lock horns with Strikeforce competitor Daniel Cormier on a card later this year. The bout will serve as both a chance for Cormier to solidify himself as a top contender and Mir to remind the world why he’s still one of the division’s best despite a recent loss to Junior dos Santos.
Mir was recently asked for his opinion on Cormier as an opponent and, understandably, the 33-year old veteran had nothing but good things to say about the Strikeforce Grand Prix winner.
“Cormier obviously has an extremely strong wrestling background. I don’t think it takes a genius to figure that out,” said Mir of Cormier on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “And then his striking has been coming along. I was kind of curious to see how he would do against submissions, and there was a couple times, one that I can remember right now when there was a pretty legitimate attempt on his leg, and he didn’t panic and had the defense to get out of it. And so, I feel that he’s a very dangerous opponent.”
“I think that if we fight each other, I’d have the advantage in striking and submissions, but as far as whether the fight stays on the feet or goes down, I don’t think I’m going to have much of a choice. Wherever he wants to fight me, I’m going to have to be prepared for all areas,” he concluded, adding he felt the talented twosome would likely tangle in late fall.
The 16-6 Mir holds past wins over Roy Nelson, Mirko Filipovic, Brock Lesnar, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, while the unbeaten Cormier’s recent run of success has featured victories against Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, and most recently Josh Barnett.
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