Daniel Cormier Says Frank Mir Isn’t A Step Up In Competition

Daniel Cormier will face Frank Mir in his UFC debut this Saturday. UFC On Fox 7 could prove to be a pivotal point in both fighters careers, possibly marking the beginning of the end for Mir, and the start of a journey for Cormier or Mir could prove the critics wrong. Either way I’m really excited about this card and especially Mir vs. Cormier.

Daniel Cormier recently spoke to BloodyElbow about Frank Mir, Jon Jones, wrestling and more:

“I’m ready to try out some of the stuff I’ve been working on in the gym, and really ready to just get in there again and test my skills. That’s the best thing about fighting, to me. I get to go out there and use all my new tools on a big stage against a guy that knows what he’s doing. The uncertainty of it all just adds to the feeling. It’s awesome. I love it.”

Cormier was then asked if he felt fighting Mir was a step up in competition:

“You know, I don’t feel like it’s that much of a step up, honestly. I don’t know if that’s just my respect for Josh Barnett and Bigfoot Silva, but those guys are really good. I don’t think many guys are a step up from those two. Bigfoot just beat Alistair Overeem, and Josh has long been considered one of the best in the world, and still is, in my opinion. I think anytime you start thinking about taking a step up from Josh or Bigfoot, you can only look to Cain for that position, or maybe Junior dos Santos. Really, those two are the only ones that are better than the rest of the guys in the division.”

“I’m supposed to go in there on Saturday and beat Frank Mir. If I don’t do that, then all that Jon Jones talk doesn’t mean anything. My focus is on Frank, and it has been for a really long time. I am fully aware if I don’t take care of this business in front of me, all that other stuff ain’t gonna happen.”

Obviously Cormier is confident in his skills, and he sounds like his mental preparation is sound. Cormier continued:

“I have a lot of faith in myself. That’s why I’ve trained and prepared so hard. I’m ready to go in there and do what I’m supposed to do on Saturday, and that’s get my hand raised. It’s not arrogance or cockiness. It’s just believing in what I’ve done in the gym, believing in myself and believing in my team. I think we’ve done everything we can possibly do to prepare for this fight, and if it doesn’t happen, and I lose that fight somehow, it will just be because Frank Mir was the better man, and I will be able to admit that.”

I personally have this scrap picked for FOTN, I think it is going to be an all out war. Mir’s time at Jackson’s working on conditioning, cardio and technique might be the start of a brand new fighter on Saturday. Cormier will bring his A-game and help make this a top notch match, hopefully. Just three more days, so stay tuned to Lowkick!



12 Comments

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    Hurricane2k

    April 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Cormier is going to K.O. Frank in the first round !
    Frank is way better at BJJ .. still he is not getting DC to the ground ..
    And if he fights DC standup he is getting send to lala land round 1 K.O. DC wins fast and easy

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    KeithFarrell

    April 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Well I think Mir is definitely a step up from Bigfoot but it is very hard to find a step up from Josh Barnett, Frank Mir may be one of those rarities though.

    That is talking about actually in-cage competition.
    When you go to war with Cain every week for the past few years, there is very few things that you will not have seen at the super elite level.
    Submissions are one of those things and that happens to be what Mir brings better than anyone else at HW, bar Werdum.
    Can he implement it though? that is the question

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      Hurricane2k

      April 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Still mir is not getting the takedown on dc .. no way guy is a olympic caliber wrestler
      Going to be a hard fight for frank .. realy see him losing hard and fast !

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      chael4president1

      April 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      A while back on Lowkick either Cormier himself was quoted as saying his kidneys couldn't take cutting weight to 205, or someone on here just stated that he had said that. Does anyone remember this. It was said that his kidneys were fried from all the weight cutting from wrestling. And that he didn't feel safe doing it anymore. Maybe he never said it and it was all bs. Seems his kidneys couldn't be on the verge of destruction, and him still be healthy enough to be a serious athlete.

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        thexperience1

        April 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        The kidney problems came from having to loose a huge amount of weight within a very short period of time. He let himself go, gained a bunch of weight and then had to drop too much.

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          KeithFarrell

          April 18, 2013 at 6:19 am

          that's right. His kidneys shut down in the Olympics because he tried to cut a lot of weight too fast.

          He says that if done right, over time, he can cut to 205, 100%.

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          Evan Holober

          April 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

          theexperience- That's completely incorrect.

          He'd been doing it that exact same way for years. In fact, he had just competed at the trials a few months prior at 96kg.

          It wasn't a situation of him just going over board in gaining weight in an off season. His body just finally shut down from cutting a lot of weight.

          If he diets more to get to 205, the cut is possible. However, it's still no where near a certainty. Kidney failure while cutting weight is a major road block for cutting in the future.

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    highkick12

    April 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I like this, one guy is definitely going to look like hes all talk after this fight.

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    Def_tac

    April 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    DC better be careful, Mir should and will lose but DC needs to stay focused.

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