While there are several interesting angles regarding Frank Mir’s upcoming UFC 164 tilt with Josh Barnett, including the fact they’re two of the sport’s most experienced heavyweights, another is that both men have faced Daniel Cormier and lost. The decorated wrestler handed Barnett a unanimous decision defeat last May to win Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, and more recently in April, “DC” worked his way to a UD win over Mir.
Since the UFC on FOX 7 bout with Cormier was Mir’s last, the former champ was predictably asked about the bout, in a recent media call to promote his August 31st fight with Barnett. Here’s some of what the 34 year-old had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com).
“I just didn’t have the confidence (in my cardio) to end the fight. But then the good thing is, Cormier is really not much of a finisher. Both in Josh (Barnett’s) and my fight, he basically just out-positioned us and [relied on that]. But it allowed me to stay in there long enough to realize, whoa man, my gas tank is actually really good. That’s why I came on so hard in the third round, because it actually gave me confidence. I wish I would’ve had that going into the fight, but at least I had it exiting the fight.”
While Cormier did need the judge’s scorecards to secure wins over Barnett and Mir, it’s worth noting that the 12-0 fighter has recorded 8 finishes in his career to date. In the second round of the aforementioned grand-prix, he KO’d Antonio Silva.
All that aside, it will be interesting to see how Mir looks to engage Barnett, who has never tapped out to a submission and has only been finished three times in his lengthy career.
UFC 164 will be hosted by Milwaukee’s Bradley Center and will feature lightweight champion Benson Henderson taking on Anthony Pettis in the main event.
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