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Frank Mir disappointed once again. Despite being a wealth of talent, Mir can't consistently put things together to extend any kind of success in the UFC at this point.
Mir found himself pushed up against the cage repeatedly in this contest, and for a moment it looked as if he was about to relive his fun times with Shane Carwin against the cage. Daniel Cormier instead chose to work the body, and it appeared to sap the gas tank of Mir as the fight went on.
In the weeks leading up to fight, Mir routinely brought up the fact that he was bigger and was going to show Cormier he didn't belong in the heavyweight division. Where was that size advantage or the confidence in Rounds 1 and 2?
Mir froze once more in the face of adversity, and the necessity for a victory didn't kick in until the final round. He started to land some good kicks but once again let himself be pressed against the cage anytime he got some offense going.
Mir didn't look for any takedowns and never appeared to have thought about trying to take this to the ground.
The former UFC heavyweight champ loves to talk about his striking game, and while it's improved since his early days, it's nowhere near the level of his ground game. Let's hope Mir can come with a better game plan his next time out and focus on his true strength rather than trying to impress everyone with his striking game.