Over 17 months ago, it was Frank Mir who was teaching a then very raw Brock Lesnar what it meant to be a true mixed martial artist. At UFC 100 on Saturday night, Lesnar was able to turn the tables and school the MMA veteran.
“I got against the cage, made a big mistake and let a guy that big and strong catch my wrist and I guess I have more stuff to work on,” Mir said immediately following the loss.
The former UFC heavyweight champion was never really in control of the bout as Lesnar’s size and improved MMA game helped him dominate Mir for the entire fight, which lasted all of six minutes and 48 seconds.
“He did a good job. He neutralized the stand up,” Mir continued. “Keeping it on the feet, try not to fight from the ground (was my game plan), knowing that his size and wrestling ability would help him out. Which, I guess I was right about.”
Mir was riding a nice wave of momentum after coming off the biggest victory of his career at UFC 92 against former interim champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Mir was confident his experience would carry him through, however it appears that he underestimated Lesnar’s improved skills.
Mir’s only bright spot was at the beginning of the 2ndRound when was able to catch Lesnar with an elbow, a knee and then a flying knee which ultimately landed him on his back, subsequently ending the fight.
If Mir can string together a couple of impressive wins, he could very well make a case for a third tango with Lesnar as both fighters own a win over the other. Perhaps Mir can use the lessons learned from Saturday night to return the favor to Lesnar in the rubber match.
How do you teach size and strength again???
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