In June 2004, Frank Mir won the UFC Heavyweight Championship by breaking Tim Sylvia’s arm. But a tragic motorcycle accident three months later kept Mir out of the game for nearly two years and led to having the title stripped.
The results since Mir has returned have been mixed at best. He was TKO’d in his return bout at UFC 57 by Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz, won a lackluster decision over Dan Christison at UFC 61, and then at UFC 65 was again TKO’d, this time by rising star Brandon Vera.
On Saturday night at UFC 74, Mir looks to take the next step with hopes to revive his UFC career. At the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Mir, following a nine-month layoff to heal injuries and change up his training, faces striking expert Antoni Hardonk.
At this point in his career, Mir feels no pressure. Feeling that his meteoric rise to the championship, hurt as much as it helped, as he didn’t gain the toughness that comes with “long, drawn out wars.”
Starting out at ground zero believes that his career is back in his own hands and that no one can stop him… except himself.
“My worst enemy is me. If I’m firing on all cylinders, I’m capable of beating anybody in the world; if I’m not, I’m capable of getting beat by anybody in the world,” said Mir.
On Saturday night at UFC 74 in Las Vegas, Frank Mir faces Antoni Hardonk in a heavyweight preliminary bout.
MMAWeekly caught up with Mir as he was making his final preparations for the bout in Las Vegas. Watch the entire Frank Mir video In The Cage of the MMAWeekly.com Premium Members’ section.