Now I've been a Frank Mir fan since his sick inverted keylock submission win over Pete Williams at UFC 36. I say this because i fully expect to catch a ridiculous amount of shit for picking him over Nog and i want to seperate myself from those who unintelligibly jumped on the Mir bandwagon after seeing him in action for the first time against Lesnar.
After reading the hundred or so threads on this and various other mma forums regarding Mir and his upcoming title shot against Nog, i noticed alot of people discrediting him for ludicrous reasons that i feel obligated to dispute. All Mir shit talk is like a broken record and i will address these arguments now.
1) "Mir got beat by Pe De Pano, blah blah."
A true statement yes. But Pe De Pano's name is thrown around on this site like its ******* Eddie Sanchez or something. This man is a BJJ black belt under some bad ass mother f*****, and has actually BEAT WERDUM IN ADCC, thats right ladies. So this is far from the laughable loss it is made out to be. Also, this was Mir's return from the devestating motorcycle accident.
2) "Mir has no gas tank or stand up"
This would be an accurate statement if it were 2006. But the reality is we havent seen Mir's cardio or striking in action for over a few minutes since his decision win over Dan Christison at UFC 61. Granted the Nog fight will answer alot of questions about this topic, it is still ignorant and uninformed to make these inferences based on fights that happened over 2 years ago.
3.) "Nog is better than Mir at every aspect of the game."
On paper yes. But I have a feeling that Nog is getting past his prime. All those blows to his face over his entire career are starting to have a detrimental effect on his speed and reaction time. An effect that was made clear in the Herring fight and more so in the Sylvia fight. We all know Tim wouldnt have pwned his face for three rounds before getting subbed if this were a few years ago. I want to stress that i'm not a Nog hater: I respect what the man has accomplished in the sport and FTW, Nog vs Henderson 2 is one of my favorite MMA fights of all time. All im sayin is...if anyone in the UFC HW division could sub him at this point in his career, its Frank Mir. And the validity of this argument is something that even Mir himself has made apparent:
Mods...dont ban me for the sherdog link but its the only place i could find this interview where Mir clearly defines his position on the point i just stated.
So this aside, can anyone give me a LEGIT reason as to why Mir is consistantly dis-credited and ultimately over-looked as a serious contender in this fight, and even the HW division in general?