UFC heavyweight Frank Mir has respect for UFC on FOX 7 opponent Daniel Cormier – just not when it comes to the unbeaten grappler’s ability to score stoppages. Though Cormier has put away eight of the eleven opponents he’s beaten, there’s only one truly notable name in the bunch (Antonio Silva). As such, Mir doesn’t think Cormier has what it takes to end his evening early when the two lock horns on April 20.
“I thought he couldn’t finish Josh Barnett 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 (fighter) over 200 pounds has that ability to finish a fight if he catches you,” assessed Mir in an interview with MMAFightCorner. “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.’”
Mir has a similar percentage of wins by TKO/submission when compared to Cormier, albeit against superior competition. Among the opponents he’s taken out in his career before scorecards come into play are the likes of Brock Lesnar, Cheick Kongo, Mirko Filipovic, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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