After suffering a knockout loss to Shane Carwin at “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy” and losing a chance to avenge his UFC 100 defeat to reigning king Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir showed he still has some work to do before getting another title shot.
Coming into the bout, Mir felt Carwin was a much “better version” of Lesnar because he has deadlier hands to go along with his superior wrestling. Mir’s assessment appeared to be accurate after eating a vicious set of bombs that ended their interim title fight in the opening round.
The former champion looked the part of a heavyweight, but he was still muscled around by the physically-stronger Carwin. That ultimately was his undoing as Mir continued to get pressed against the cage and went face-first into the canvas after eating a barrage of uppercuts.
The prevailing thought is Mir could now face rising star Junior dos Santos in his next outing, a fight that seriously intrigues UFC president Dana White. Some feel that it would be a step down for dos Santos, but it would actually be a significant leap forward given Mir’s overall resume.
Regardless of UFC 111’s outcome, Mir is still an elite fighter. This was only his second contest since completely altering his physique in order to compete with the growing heavyweight division, and he lost to another top 265-pounder, so the alarm shouldn’t be ringing as loudly as it is.
Just like Tim Tebow’s throwing mechanics, the Super-Mir experiment that he started prior to the Cheick Kongo bout is still a work in progress. A win over a fighter the caliber of dos Santos could put him back on track towards his final destination, Brock Lesnar.