UFC MMA Fighter Bio Frank Mir
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UFC Record: 10-3
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Fights out of: Las Vegas, NV
Strengths: exceptional grappling skills
•Frank Mir practically grew up in the gym, spending much of his young life at his fathers Kenpo Karate School.
•The original UFC inspired the Mirs to learn Jiu-Jitsu and Frank to start wrestling in high school.
•At UFC 48, Frank Mir broke the arm of Tim Silvia with an arm bar to win the UFC heavyweight championship. This led Ricardo Pires, his Jiu-Jitsu trainer of 5 years, to award him his black belt by throwing it at him.
•Mir is a former bouncer at the Spearmint Rhino strip club, but still remains on their staff as the Director of Security.
•He also works for the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) as a commentator.
•In September of 2004, Mir was in a severe motorcycle accident. He was told that he would never fight again. Mir has managed to defeat the odds and return to the Octagon. He never lost his heavyweight title, but was rather stripped of it after 14months of being unable to fight.
This bio was written in response to a question posed to me about my opinion of Frank Mir and whether he was good enough to be a champion. Having watched Frank Mir from the beginning of his UFC career, Frank has been somewhat of a disappointment. His ability to quickly transition on the ground and lock his opponent into a submission is unmatched in the Heavyweight division. This was very evident in the Brock Lesnar fight where he was taking a beating from Brock, but all it took was a split second of leaving a leg exposed and Brock was drug to the ground and submitted. It took a lot of courage to come back after that devastation motorcycle accident, but Frank’s work ethic has always been questioned. He just doesn’t put the time in at the gym to come into his fights in shape, and often gases as the fight goes along, and some of his other MMA skills, such as his striking, need sharpening. The reason I call Frank a disappointment because when I see Frank, I see someone who has been around martial arts his entire life, and someone who possess good athletic ability, but no effort to fine tune it to take himself to the next level. If he were to have the work ethic of someone such as Rich Franklin, Mir could have been one of the all time greats. To his credit, the Frank Mir we saw at UFC 92 against Nogueira is definitely a much improved fighter. He looked to be in much better shape and his striking improved by leaps and bounds. As a fan, I hope this isn’t a fluke, but rather a born-again fighter ready to do what it takes to be his best. Affliction currently holds the contracts on several of the top Heavyweight fighters, so the UFC needs someone like Frank Mir to live up to his potential to keep the Heavyweight division of the UFC strong.
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