Frank Mir is known as a knowledgeable technician in the sport of mixed martial arts. Speaking on his upcoming opponent Daniel Cormier, Mir points at Cormier’s inability to finish former UFC champ Josh Barnett. Oddly, he basically says Cormier lacks finishing ability, even though Cormier had infamous knocked out current top contender Antonio Silva and pulled out the TKO in his last bout against Blackzillian Dion Staring.
“I pretty much know the guy. He has extremely strong, efficient wrestling. I think he throws his hands pretty fast and without abandon. I don’t think he’s the most technical boxer in the world, I don’t think he even thinks he’s the most technical boxer in the world. He’s definitely not JDS, but who is? On the ground though, it really showed me, let’s face it, if I had the same guy on the ground fight would have ended pretty quickly. He wasn’t able to put the guy away through a lack of finishing abilities, through a lack of finishing moves. So that’s one thing that actually surprised me,” said Mir.
“I thought he couldn’t finish Josh because of Josh’s abilities, but then I realized ‘No, he doesn’t really have much finishing ability’. He can catch you with a punch, let’s face it, every heavyweight over 200 pounds has that ability to finish a fight if he catches you. But you got to have the ability to finish with the submission, you know definitive ground and pound where you actually finish somebody off against the cage and it’s menacing. Not just finally the referee’s like ‘Well, you know, I guess the guy’s had enough. You really can’t put him away let me help end this fight for you.’” – Fight MMA Corner
The two are set to face off in the co-main of UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez card in San Jose, CA on April 20th.