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Tuesday, 12/20/2011, 11:56 am

UFC NEWS – Frank Mir Happy To Welcome Strikeforce Heavyweights To The UFC


“We don’t have the type of depth that the other weight classes have and I think it’s only a benefit to move them (Strikeforce heavyweights) over to us. I guess I have a bad taste in my mouth because of what happened when I first started my career. I had to always hear about, ‘Oh, you guys are good, but the PRIDE guys would kick your butt.’ There is no comparison and then that frustration of not being able to get to them. And then when Nogueira came over and Mirko, ( I ) got a hold of them. ‘Yeah, but there is still Fedor.’ I don’t want to hear that. I want to know that anybody that is in the division, it’s like if you think you can beat me, ‘Hey Joe Silva, is he clear?’ Okay, cool, let’s fight. Now we can solve it you know? That whole unattainable thing just drives me insane.”

A recent guest on ESPN’s MMA Insiders show, former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir talks about the influx of talent coming into his division from Strikeforce.

Names like Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem have already made the jump to the UFC and as announced last week, Strikeforce will be shutting down their heavyweight division mid-2012 and guys like Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will likely follow.

Historically the UFC’s heavyweight division has been the weakest as far as depth of talent is concerned and Mir relishes the opportunity to deepen the ranks and build on his resume.

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