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Cock Chestnar vs. Chin Pubes: Who Ya Got?!

In case you were passed out comatose Saturday night from an egg nog and whiskey fueled hangover and missed it, Frank Mir stopped the unstoppable Minotouro Nogueira with strikes. If you told me that would be the outcome before the fight, I would have probably dropped seven cents in your cup because you would have been a batshit crazy homeless guy. It’s worth pointing out that the stoppage did seem a bit early as Nogueira has made a career out of getting beat down worse than that only to come back and win, but there’s also no doubt that Mir was landing unanswered blows to which Nogueira had nothing to offer.

Mir’s victory is bittersweet. His stoppage of one of the greatest heavyweights of all time has sealed his fate for a future date with a real-life monster in Brock Lesnar. While Mir already holds a victory over the current UFC champion, we all know much has changed since their first encounter. Lesnar, still very young in the sport, was able to beat down Mir like Liza Minnelli used to beat her husband. Lesnar, also like Minnelli, is reportedly a student of the theatre and is &eurl=http://filmdrunk.uproxx.com/?p=7834&feature=player_embedded”>rumored to have seen “Cats” over twenty times. If it wasn’t for the controversial stand-up, Lesnar likely would have won the bout via TKO. Since that time, Lesnar has seemingly been able to control himself and stay poised in the Octagon. In his victories over Heath Herring and Randy Couture, Lesnar showed improved boxing skills in addition to wrestling skillZ that few MMA fighters can even touch.

But what about Mir?

The new interim champion is also not the same man we saw get hit by a human freight train back in February. Mir changed his training up for his fight against Nogueira and employed an entirely radical method of fight preparation: bringing in sparring partners better than himself in order to improve his own skills. Hopefully more fighters will adopt Mir’s approach as I think he may be on to something. In an interview with MMAWeekly, Mir says:

I wouldn’t have done that two years ago. I had too much of an ego. Now I realize that’s not the way to go.

It’s commendable that Mir was able to realize his own potential and finally have the intelligence to put the work in at the gym in order reach it. With that said, will his improved striking and cardio be enough to put away the heavyweight division’s wrecking machine?

Lesnar has cardio for days. Mir’s improved cardio only means he likely won’t run out of gas against Brock. If you’re in a gunfight and still have plenty of ammo but the other guy shoots you first, your wealth of ammo is a moot point. Mir’s striking is better than we’ve ever seen but, as evidenced by the Couture fight, all Lesnar needs is one good shsot with those bear claws he calls hands and that shit is over. Even if Mir is able to have another eye-opening stand-up performance, there’s no reason to think Lesnar’s ability to pick up Mir like a baby and slam him at will will be any different than the last time.

Once again, the odds are stacked against Frank Mir. No one gave him a chance in hell against Nogueira and he will likely be the underdog against Lesnar, despite his previous submission victory over the guy. That begs the question: Will Frank Mir become the new Randy Couture and defy the oddsmakers on a consistent basis or will he simply be the next victim of “The Next Big Thing” Brock Lesnar? I honestly don’t know, but I sure as hell can’t wait to find out.

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