Mir has left his home in Las Vegas in order to train with Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for this heavyweight showdown. One thing that he isn’t changing for this particular bout is his pre-fight trash talk.
Here is what Mir had to say about his opponent Cormier on the MMA Fight Corner:
“I pretty much know the guy. He has extremely strong, efficient wrestling. I think he throws his hands pretty fast and without abandon. I don’t think he’s the most technical boxer in the world, I don’t think he even thinks he’s the most technical boxer in the world. He’s definitely not JDS, but who is? On the ground though, it really showed me, let’s face it, if I had the same guy on the ground, fight would have ended pretty quickly. He wasn’t able to put the guy away through a lack of finishing abilities, through a lack of finishing moves. So that’s one thing that actually surprised me. 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.’”
Frank Mir hasn’t fought since UFC 146, where he failed in his attempt to recapture the UFC heavyweight title from then champion Junior dos Santos.
Is his assessment of Cormier’s finishing abilities correct? Let’s hear it Penn Nation!