When Frank Mir fought Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira three years ago he was viewed as being primarily a submission threat based on his past success in procuring tap-outs. However, Mir’s showing against the iconic Brazilian served as a coming out part of sorts where his striking was concerned after knocking Nogueira out, the first time “Minotauro” had been finished in his storied career.
Mir and Nogueira meet again in less than two weeks at UFC 140 in a bout with significant implications where divisional contendership is concerned. However, as dominating as his previous performance against Nogueira was, the 15-5 Mir isn’t expecting the same to necessarily be true this time around.
“I just want to go out there and be the best fighter I can be; to go out there and perform like we’ve never fought each other before,” said Mir in an extended preview for the December 10 event. “I’m fighting a person who is still very dangerous. He’s not someone to be underestimated.”
Of course, Mir is still confident he can hang with the healthier Noguiera and even put him away again with stand-up for a second time given his own growth in that department.
“Look at my stand-up now. Now I’m standing with Mirko ‘Cro Cop’, I’m knocking Cheick Kongo on his butt with strikes (and) I’m a much more accomplished striker now than I was then,” explained Mir.
Joining Mir and Nogueira on the UFC 140 main card will be a headlining tilt between light heavyweight title-holder Jon Jones and former champion Lyoto Machida, as well as match-ups such as Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Tito Ortiz.
Check out the full preview of Mir vs. Nogueira below with the first half of the video including clips looking at the UFC 140 headliner…