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At age 34, loser of his last two fights and 0-3 in his last three title fights, it's fair to wonder where Frank Mir is at in his career.
Is he a title hopeful still, or is it about "the big fights" for the former UFC heavyweight champion? Mir is certainly not the first fighter to face such a question.
"I don't concede to the fact to just try to put on great fights," Mir said on the UFC 164 conference call earlier this week. "An outcome of my drive is to actually work back towards a title. I don't see it as a situation where that is no longer within my grasp."
Mir is ranked No. 6 in the UFC's heavyweight division, and his opponent next Saturday -- Josh Barnett -- is ranked No. 10. He looked sluggish in a decision against Daniel Cormier last April and was knocked out in the second round against then-champion Junior Dos Santos in May 2012.
It is not inconceivable to think that Mir (16-7) is just a few fights away (perhaps as few as three?) from another title shot. Some things would have to go his way, sure, but in MMA, if you stick around long enough, it can happen. All it takes is an injury or two to another fighter and then, well, you know the deal.
"The training I'm doing now to where I'm at in life and stuff, being only 34 years of age, I don't really see it as an issue to concede to the face that, 'Oh, I'm only going to fight for it to be an entertaining fight, just add it on to a card," Mir said. "That's just not where I'm at in my life."
UFC president Dana White spent a few minutes on set at Fox Sports Live on Wednesday night to talk about, what else, the UFC.
After he said Lyoto Machida will drop down to middleweight and fight Tim Kennedy at UFC's Fight for the Troops on Nov. 6 in Kentucky, he snuck in this little nugget.
When he was diagnosed with Meniere's disease, a debilitating ear condition, he received a phone call from Alex Rodriguez. White said A-Rod referred him to a place in Dusseldorf, Germany, that was referred to him by Kobe Bryant.
Watch the clip embedded below. The A-Rod stuff comes in at the 1:45 mark.
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What you see during a live televised fight happens far too quickly to truly comprehend what happens to the human body.
What looks like a simple punch to the face at normal speed looks like the most devastating force of energy that causes the skin to ripple as if you threw a rock into a undisturbed body of water.
Enter Phantom Cam. Below are the Phantom Cam highlights from UFC Fight Night...Read more »
If you're wondering why your Internet didn't slow to a crawl this week, one possibility is that Chael Sonnen didn't fire away at Mauricio "Shogun" Rua much leading up to their headline bout Saturday in Boston on UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1.
Below are the juiciest of Sonnen's work on the conference call from earlier this week. None of them figure to have the type of staying power...Read more »
UFC president Dana White spent 13 or so minutes this week with Boston.com's "Boston Sports Live."
Here's the video, where he talks about coming back to his hometown, Chael Sonnen vs. "Shogun" Rua and more UFC on Fox Sports 1.
White calls Sonnen "still the No. 1 contender at 185 pounds."
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Most people don't use the word "fun" to describe voluntarily walking into a combat session with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Of course, Manhattan's Uriah Hall is not like most people.
Hall, a finalist on Season 17 of "The Ultimate Fighter," left Tiger Schulmann's MMA in New Jersey to train with Reign MMA in California for his fight this Saturday...Read more »
If you're looking for some hard-hitting fight analysis or investigative MMA report, then this particular blog post isn't for you.
But if you want some light fare on a Friday afternoon about Urijah Faber, then pursue the following few paragraphs ahead of his Aug. 17 bantamweight fight against Iuri Alcantara in the UFC's debut on Fox Sports 1.
We'll begin with a tweet from last April:
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Every now and again, MMA and the rest of the world merge for a moment.
Usually, it comes in the form of sports brawls and we grade their skills using keen MMA analyticals.
This time, thanks to New York City mayoral candidates Anthony Weiner and George McDonald, we compare their standoff at an event to a staredown at weigh-ins.
Here's the clip:
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The word war between Ronda Rousey and Miesha continued Tuesday night with this clip from "UFC Tonight."
Expect the mud to be slung and the muck to be raked plenty war as this season of "The Ultimate Fighter" plays out on Fox Sports 1 leading up to their bout at UFC 168 on Dec. 28.
In the clip embedded below, Tate fires back.
Video: Tate on Rousey: "I'd...Read more »
I'm unsure the last time I watched an MMA pre-fight video feature that included mentions of both Bret "The Hitman" Hart AND the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Thank you, Nick Newell!
Of course, Newell's back story is far more compelling than terrific pop culture references.
Watch the embedded video below to learn more about the Springfield, Mass., native as Newell prepares...Read more »