Although Frank Mir has a pivotal fight ahead of him, since he’s booked to fight a top five ranked heavyweight, the former champ admits he’s not too happy about fighting Andrei Arlovski next.
After recording consecutive, KO wins over “Bigfoot” Silva and Todd Duffee, Mir has been tapped to fight Arlovski at UFC 191 on September 5th. Arlovski is currently ranked #4 in the UFC’s heavyweight division, while Mir is sitting in the #10 spot. A win over “The Pitbull” could put Mir in the title shot mix, which is something not too many people were predicting would happen earlier this year.
But, since a lot of people were also writing off Arlovski not long ago, here’s some of what Mir recently told the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“I have a lot of respect for Andrei. He’s a guy that if my kids were to tell me right now they were fans of Andrei, I would completely cultivate that,” Mir said. “Here’s a guy who was at the top. He went from the pinnacle of our sport to getting cut, signing with other organizations, losing more and he’s getting put out cold. Everyone is saying he’s done, his chin is gone, he needs to retire and this guy doesn’t listen to anybody. He just said, ‘Nope, I’m going to keep moving forward and figure out a way.’ He’s better now.”
“In one sense, I’m not happy about it on a social level. I think we both have a lot to offer the sport and I don’t want to see either one of us derailed right now. I would have been much happier with this situation if we could have skipped each other at this point. I could have fought someone else in the top three and he could have fought Werdum for the title and then we could have faced each other in a title fight instead if he would have won,”
Mir went on to say that he couldn’t turn down the fight, because the UFC kept him around, after he dropped four straight fights.
Arlovski, as Mir alluded to, is riding high these days. The former champ was won five straight bouts and is coming off stoppage wins over Silva and Travis Browne. If he wins on September 5th, a title shot could come next. If Mir wins, he’ll have to win one or two more bouts before he challenges for the belt.
UFC 191 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the main event, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson will battle John Dodson.