Frank Mir and Josh Barnett have a couple of things in common, as not only are their ground games two of the most respected in the sport, they’re also former UFC heavyweight champs. In addition, the upcoming UFC 164 opponents have both fought Daniel Cormier, and both Mir and Barnett lost by unanimous decision to the renowned wrestler.
Mir (16-7), who hasn’t fought since he faced Cormier at UFC on FOX 7 in April, was asked to break down his last outing on a recent media call to promote UFC 164. The feared submission artist offered this take on Cormier, as well as his performance (comment 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.”
Now if you’re wondering just how many stoppage wins Cormier’s scored thus far in his 12 fight career, the answer is eight. During “DC’s” run with Strikeforce, he recorded stoppage wins over Dion Staring and UFC vet Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Mir will be looking to rebound from consecutive losses for the first time in his career on August 31st, as prior to facing Cormier, he was stopped by former champ Junior dos Santos. So, there’s a lot riding on his upcoming fight with Barnett, who will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time since 2002.
UFC 164 will go down at Milwuakee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center and the main card will be available via pay-per-view.