Mir’s Comeback To Put Him Back On Track
By Joel Rudd
Frank Mir, a polarizing and charismatic mixed martial arts fighter, has had a storied career. Francisco Santos Miranda III was born on May 24, 1979 of Morrocan/Russian decent. Frank was a naturally gifted athlete and excelled in High School football, track and field, and wrestling. After graduating, Mir worked as a bouncer in Las Vegas before beginning his professional fighting career in 2001. He was very successful early on until a motorcycle accident nearly ended his career in 2004. Ultimately, Mir’s heart and determination landed him back in the ring in 2006. Between then and now Frank has racked up records for the most wins and submissions in UFC Heavyweight history and he has both won and lost the heavyweight title. When May 26th arrives he once again gets a shot at the belt.
This new opportunity came rather unexpectedly; originally he was scheduled on the undercard. The title fight, however, was forced to change when contender Alistar Overeem tested positive for elevated testostorone levels. When asked about the rule infraction Mir responded, “I can’t imagine that he purposefully did anything wrong. The guy had two tests to take . . . why would you take a chance and ruin your chance at a title?” The change in opponents created a need to reevaluate his game plan. Mir was asked about any changes in his camp and stated “My opponent was not ever going to try to get the fight to the ground like with Cain who would strike or go to the ground . . . I’m going to go ahead and strike with him . . . if I let him get into a rhythm where it’s a boxing match, it will be easier to shoot or take him down.” Win or lose, Mir has proven that he is a champion and hopefully will continue to entertain fight fans for many years to come.
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