Frank Mir Called The UFC And Asked For Josh Barnett Fight

Tomorrow night’s UFC 164 will play host to a plethora of potentially awesome fights, including a Heavyweight stand off between Frank Mir and Josh Barnett. The long awaited match has been on the lips of most hardcore fans since Mir captured the UFC Heavyweight belt way back in 2004.

Mir won the championship by snapping Tim Sylvia’s arm at UFC 48, meanwhile Josh Barnett had been exiled by the organization for testing positive for centaur genomes steroids in the wake of his championship win against Randy Couture.

The Warmaster, or Babyfaced Assassin as he was known then, was stripped of the title and went mainly to overseas organizations to rack up a 32-6 overall tally.

Mir’s motorbike accident forced him to vacate the belt, and his return bout against Marcio Cruz was a disappointing TKO loss. Since then, Mir has fought four times for the title, winning only once for the interim belt. Mir claims to have evolved even further, in his interview with UFC.com, and is feeling good ahead of his 24th fight.

“I am a much more accomplished fighter now, especially with me out here at Jackson’s and with this conditioning. I think that will lead to a much more exciting fight,” he explained. “If we had fought in our early 20′s, I think it would have been about who could catch who first early on in the fight without knowing what the fight would materialize into. Now, I think I have the conditioning to go for a rough ride for all three rounds if I need to, and the fight can end at anytime with a submission.”

Mir’s cardio and conditioning have oft been a point of criticism, but he looked in good shape in his last bout against Daniel Cormier.

“And I’ve always wanted to test myself against Josh,” he continued. “He’s a great grappler, he’s a great MMA fighter. I think he’ll go down in the books as one of the better MMA fighters of all-time. I like having those type of guys on the list of guys I’ve faced. I actually called [the UFC] and asked for the fight. I wanted to make sure that there was no feeling out process for Josh.”

Frank Mir has never really been known for turning down fights, something that hasn’t worked out too good for him in the past. I don’t think it was a great choice on his part to face Junior Dos Santos, but his courage is surely commendable.

“I think we have similar styles. When people talk about submission fighting, our names get brought up in the same sentence all the time. I think it’s a great fight. I think if I stepped outside of myself, I think this is a fight that should be done.”

It will be a big test for Mir on Saturday night, one that might signal the end of a storied career in MMA. Currently on a two fight skid, Mir needs a win now more than he ever has.

I’m excited to see how this one goes down, and I’m a big Mir fan. Hopefully we get a great display of grappling on show and maybe Mir’s stand up could be the difference.


8 Comments

  1. Avatar of David Saucier

    David Saucier

    August 30, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Ahahaha Centaur genomes lol

  2. Avatar of Bruce Lee

    Bruce Lee

    August 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I hope Frank has dropped 20+ pounds. That big beef up he did to try and deal with Lesnar did nothing to help his style. It certainly didn't add punching power. He'd be fine at 230.

    • Avatar of D

      D

      August 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      230? He's never been anywhere near there in his career. Lets not get carried away.

    • Avatar of JTalbain

      JTalbain

      August 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      I kinda disagree. Getting controlled and punched into unconsciousness by Shane Carwin should not signal that you need to drop weight. Honestly, if Mir was at about 270-275 on fight night and aggressively tried to pull guard or pursue takedowns the way Demian Maia does at welterweight, He'd be a lot more successful. People know Mir's BJJ is crazy and they go to great lengths to avoid his ground game. He should be a bit more aggressive about forcing the issue.

  3. Avatar of Mike Drahota

    Mike Drahota

    August 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I'm anxious to see if these two let their pride get involved and turn it into an all-out JJ match.

  4. Avatar of jmedno5891

    jmedno5891

    August 31, 2013 at 8:54 am

    In an all out bjj match I think mir has barnett's number…but when it comes to actually getting the fight to the ground I think barnett will have the advantage. Ill be rooting for mir in this one but for some reason my gut is telling me he might get smothered by barnett's top game.

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