Frank Mir wrote in a blog at Sportsnet.ca that he has nothing to prove in his rematch with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140.
“I’ve been asked if I want to ‘prove’ whether my second-round TKO of Big Nog was legitimate or not, but, quite honestly, there’s nothing to prove there. I won the last fight, which took place three years ago in Las Vegas, because I was the better fighter on the night. 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…Me punching him in the chin repeatedly had nothing to do with a staph infection, believe me…Nogueira lost that fight because my striking technique was better than his and that could be the reason he loses this rematch, too.”
There goes Mir, cocky as ever. He did look good that night, and he won. The fight could have gone on, but was called. I think that’s why people question the TKO victory. Not to say Mir wasn’t going to continue the beating, because I firmly believed he would have, but it was still a tad early. I look forward to the rematch next Saturday.
Even though rumors had been circulating over the last month that Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz was being targeted for UFC on Fox 2 in January, in an interview with FightHubTV, Sonnen dispelled those rumors. “I have no fight with Mark Munoz. My next fight will be based on…I don’t know how much I can say, but I will be watching the TV on Saturday night. Put it that way.”
I don’t know if the UFC would put Miller in there with Sonnen if Miller won. If Bisping won, then yes, I could see that fight happening sometime in March/April as a #1 contenders match because they were the original two slotted to be coaches on TUF 14, with the winner challenging Silva. But if Miller wins, I think the UFC will in fact make the Munoz/Sonnen bout as the #1 contender match.
MMAFighting.com is reporting that an undisclosed injury to Tim Kennedy has taken him out of a fight with Luke Rockhold for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship in January, and that that Keith Jardine has been pegged to replace him for that fight.
This is unfortunate, especially for Kennedy. And the Jardine replacement is okay, but really doesn’t make sense other than Strikeforce doesn’t have enough depth at 185lbs. Why don’t they just fold Strikeforce already and revamp it into a UFC Challengers type of promotion?
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal told Tatame.com that he’ll be fighting on Strikeforce’s planned January 7 card. Lawal is hoping for a rematch against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, who handed him his only loss back in August of 2010 to wrest the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title from him, but nothing is set yet.
I would like to see that rematch, and I really don’t know who else they would give him. Both guys need a fight, and it’s not like Strikeforce’s 205lb division is stacked. Again, fold it already.
Heavy.com is reporting that Brett Rogers is expected to take on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia in Japan for DREAM’s New Year’s Eve card. Rogers is expected to be released from jail early on Dec. 13, giving him a couple weeks of preparation for the bout.
Two weeks to train for Sylvia? Rogers must not think too highly of Sylvia’s current skill level. Not that he should, but two weeks? Seems like a risk.