Frank Mir is tired of questions regarding the legitimacy of his 2008 win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, a second round strike-based stoppage at UFC 92 where questions surrounding Nogueira’s health surfaced after the Brazilian’s camp claimed their fighter had been suffering from a serious staph infection.
Mir will get his chance to silence the critics in less than two weeks when he faces Nogueira at UFC 140 where he’ll also be looking for a third straight win, a stat easily making him a frontrunner for a heavyweight title-shot in 2012. However, according to Mir, he doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone as he believes he beat Nogueira based purely on technique, not because “Minotauro” wasn’t at 100%.
“After the fight there were all sorts of excuses that Nog was hurt, that he had a staph infection but I personally don’t think his staph infection played much part in the fight itself, or the result at the end of it all,” wrote Mir on his blog for SportsNet. “I think I would have beaten him in the exact same manner, TKO in a couple of rounds, staph infection or not. Maybe without the problem he could have increased his pace and tempo a little bit more, but, in hindsight, we really didn’t fight that type of fight anyway. He fought a very calm and calculated type of fight and he looked to pick me apart with single shots from range.”
“Me punching him in the chin repeatedly had nothing to do with a staph infection, believe me,” Mir candidly continued. “I could be sick as hell going into a fight, but I still remember and can perform the necessary techniques to get me out of trouble. The problem is, you can’t keep repeating those techniques over a length of time, as you have nothing much in the tank. Nogueira lost that fight because my striking technique was better than his and that could be the reason he loses this rematch, too.”
Fans can catch Mir vs. Nogueira on December 10 when the UFC 140 PPV starts up at 9:00 PM EST. The show is headlined by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones putting his gold on the line against former title-holder Lyoto Machida and also features Tito Ortiz taking on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
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MMATraining Take: On one hand I see what Mir is saying and I can understand why it would bug him to constantly have people try to belittle his accomplishment in the first Nogueira fight. On the other, even if Nogueira’s physical condition was only affected slightly, there’s no doubt his mind wasn’t in the right place if his health was as bad as has been said, and psychology plays a huge role in performance. No easy winner in the debate.