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Frank Mir reacts after defeating Mirko Cro Cop

Frank Mir reacts after defeating Mirko Cro Cop during their heavyweight bout at UFC 119 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Sept. 25, 2010) Credit: Getty

LAS VEGAS -- Monday night was a prime example of what makes a professional mixed martial artist different than us regular folks.

It was around 11 p.m., and part of his crew was hungry. A quick McDonald's run fixed that issue.

"Not me," Mir said. "Yeah, I had eggs. But I like that."

It's that type of dietary discipline that Mir uses to parallel the mental strength needed to train for three months leading up to a fight. It's what separates athletes from civilians.

Mir weighed 272 pounds on Monday, he said, six pounds over the 266 limit for his heavyweight bout against Roy Nelson at UFC 130 on Saturday night inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Mir (14-5) is a two-time former UFC heavyweight champion. A win over Nelson (16-5) would move Mir, father of four, further up the ladder toward another shot at the title. Same goes for Nelson, who counts Mir among his friends outside of the cage. Their lives intertwine a bit deeper, too. One of Nelson's cornermen on Saturday night, James Johnson, was a groomsman at Mir's wedding.

Much was made of their friendship at Wednesday's UFC 130 press conference at the MGM Grand. Some were concerned about the lack of animosity between two fighters in the co-main event.

Mir answered it prefectly: "I don't have to dislike you to punch you."

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