Last month, it was announced that for the first time ever a UFC fighter would make the transition over to the struggling Strikeforce promotion. Daniel Cormier, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion, was in desperate need of a fresh opponent. For a short while, former UFC champion Tim Sylvia's name was floated, but finally it was announced that Frank Mir would fight the former Olympian. While Cormier seemed mostly focused on getting a high profile fight, Mir is focusing on the more strategic aspects of the fight.
The MMA Hour was able to get ahold of the two-time former UFC champion on Tuesday (via MMA Fighting)
I still feel that I have to pick his game apart. I think that if we fight each other, I'd have the advantage in striking and submissions, but as far as whether the fight stays on the feet or goes down, I don't think I'm going to have much of a choice. Wherever he wants to fight me, I'm going to have to be prepared for all areas.
His wrestling is light years ahead of what mine is, even on my best day and his worst.
In Mir's last fight, he suffered brutal knock out loss to UFC Heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos as a late replacement for Alistair Overeem at UFC 146. However, to some, the biggest news to come out of that fight was Mir being granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). TRT has become a hot button issue in MMA in recent years. Since athletic commissions seem to be somewhat relaxed about granting exemptions, more and more fighters have been picking up the treatment including other veterans like Forrest Griffin and Rampage Jackson. Mir spoke on his experience with the therapy:
As far as performance in the gym I couldn't tell you the difference. But as far as the areas of my health where I was starting to have issues -- as far as that goes, that gets too personal -- but I probably will always stay on this
So, unlike Nate Marquardt who recently discontinued his testosterone treatment, it looks like Mir will proceed with it into his bout with Daniel Cormier. The two will meet on September 29 in Sacramento, CA at the Power Balance Pavilion. The event will also feature Gilbert Melendez defending his Lightweight title against Pat Healy.