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Frank Mir will likely face Cheick Kongo at a UFC event later this year according to a source close to one of the fighters. No specific date has been determined though UFC 78 in November and UFC 79 in December remain very open cards.

Mir is 10-3 in MMA and is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. After just two fights outside of the organization Mir made his UFC debut in 2001 defeating Roberto Traven. He then went 4-1 in his next 5 bouts in the octagon and earned the chance to face Tim Sylvia for the vacant Heavyweight Championship. The bout was stopped after just :50 seconds after Sylvia suffered a broken arm giving Mir the heavyweight title.

Before he could defend the title Mir was in a major motorcycle accident which fractured his leg and required major surgery. After more than a year and a half off Mir returned to the UFC but lost the return bout to Marcio Cruz. He won his next bout against Dan Christison but was handed another setback when he was defeated by Brandon Vera late last year.

Mir looked impressive in his last UFC fight defeating Antoni Hardonk by kimura just over a minute into the first round at UFC 74.

Kongo is 11-3 and is coming off the biggest win of his career. After opening his UFC career with wins over Gilbert Aldana and Christian Wellish Kongo was defeated by Carmelo Marrero at UFC 64. He returned to defeated Assuerio Silva at UFC 70 to earn a chance to face Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 75 in his biggest fight to date. Several illegal knees aside, Kongo showed improvement over his previous fights in a unanimous decision upset win over “Cro Cop”.

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