Frank Mir may be one of the sport’s most dangerous submission artists, but Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva doesn’t believe he needs to keep their UFC 184 bout standing, in order to secure a win. In fact, the massive heavyweight believes he has what it takes to submit the former champ.
Recently Silva sat down with MMA Fighting.com to discuss his February 28th scrap with Mir, and while discussing whether he can submit the renowned grappler, he stated:
“Of course — that’s what I train for. I have to go in there confident that I can do it,” Silva said. “Nothing is impossible in sports. I have what it takes [to submit him]. I’ve fought great grapplers throughout my whole career and I was never submitted. I’ve fought Werdum, who has the best jiu-jitsu in MMA, so I will be ready for Mir. If I can keep this fight standing, it could be the less complicated way to beat him.
“Frank Mir is originally a grappler, he has a good ground game, but he also has a good stand-up game. I have to be ready for everything. The fight starts standing, but anything can happen in a fight. A high-level athlete has to be ready for any type of situation if he wants to be the champion one day.”
Of course, tapping out Mir would be a notable achievement for Silva, but both men badly need a win.
Mir has lost four in a row now, and although the losses have come against top tier competition in the likes of Junior dos Santos, Daniel Cormier, Alistair Overeem and Cain Velasquez, he’s in a must win situation.
Prior to the run of defeats, the 35 year-old Mir had never lost back-to-back bouts.
Silva may not be in as dire of a situation as Mir, but he is winless in three bouts. Following another, stoppage loss to Velasquez in May, 2013, Silva went on to draw with Mark Hunt, but was KO’d by Antonio Arlovski last time out.
UFC 184 will be hosted by the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will feature middleweight champ Chris Weidman taking on Vitor Belfort.
In addition, the card will also see bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey face Cat Zingano.