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Frank Mir excited about the possibility of Strikeforce’s heavyweights coming to UFC

Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir has heard about all the great heavyweights outside of the UFC for years now.

Thanks to the addition of Strikeforce under the Zuffa banner, and the decision to include Strikeforce’s heavyweight division in the UFC in 2012, Mir will no longer have to dream about becoming the best in the world.

Mir, who recently defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the second time in his career, is excited about seeing the likes of Josh Barnett, Daniel Cormier, and Fabricio Werdum inside the Octagon.

“I think it’s only a benefit to move them 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.’ And then that frustration of not being able to get to them,” said Mir, in an interview with ESPN’s MMA Insiders radio station. “I don’t want to hear that (who’s the best discussion anymore). I want to know that anybody in the division…’you think that you can beat me? Hey, Joe Silva, is he clear? Okay, cool, let’s fight.”

Mir has held both undisputed and interim championships. The Las Vegas native has won three straight fights since a loss to Shane Carwin back in 2010 including his “Submission of the Year” finish of “Minotauro” at UFC 140.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Mir / Barnett would be a goodie.

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  • climbarock says:

    It’d be a great match if Barnett could pass the pre-fight drug test. Mir/Werdum would be good too.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Mir and Barnett has been a dream match-up of mine for about 5 years now.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    The promotion leading up to the bout would be epic too. Both great trash-talkers.

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  • MCM says:

    I’d like to see Mir/Bigfoot before MIr/Cormier. I know he gets no love on this site, but he’s still a top 10-15 HW. And yes, Mir/Barnett is a HW dream match up.

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  • I think bigfoot would be a good match up for Frank as well….Mir vs. any of Sf’s top tier HWs would be cool fights especially Barnett. I think Mir can still be the top in the world, he just needs to work on moving his head a little better so he doesnt get hit in it so much.

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