After a unanimous decision loss to the United States Olympian Daniel Cormier, Frank Mir has found himself on the receiving end of back-to-back defeats and out of immediate title contention. At 33 years old, Mir needs to re-establish himself in the heavyweight division and is looking at least three to four consecutive wins to get back to a title opportunity.
There are certain opponents that can yet again place Mir back into contention. He is going to need a mix of veterans and contenders along the way to establish himself as a title contender again. Also, Cain Velasquez could help Mir out by clearing out the competition and retaining his title.
Mir is a big name in the heavyweight division which always makes his road to a title shot a little bit easier, but this will be his last run if he can string together the necessary wins.
There is probably not a better fight to make for Frank Mir than to match him up against former UFC heavyweight title challenger, Gabriel Gonzaga.
Gonzaga offers name credibility and a fighting style that is much similar to Mir's own. Gonzaga is a tough matchup for any fighter in the heavyweight division and would be a perfect building block for Mir to catapult him back into relevance.
Though a dominant win over Gonzaga would only be the first step on the path back to contention, it would be a great way to start.
Another veteran that has name recognition would be former IFL heavyweight champion, "Big" Ben Rothwell.
Rothwell is a tough fight for any heavyweight competitor. He has a pretty solid chin, much improved endurance and hands that can hurt anyone.
Not only do I believe he would be a good first fight, but I think this would make for a great second step for Frank Mir if he were to get Gabriel Gonzaga first.
Stefan Struve continues to string together wins, but is unable solidify himself as a true contender when he matches up against the next step in competition.
Frank Mir would be Struve's biggest name to date, but the interesting point in this fight would be if the fight went to the ground.
Mir and Struve have dangerous submissions, and it would be interesting to see how Mir would deal with the long limbs of Struve.
Would Struve be able to pull off the upset and defeat Mir?
We'll never know until we see it.
Mark Hunt is unlikely to find himself in a championship fight anytime soon with finding himself with a difficult opponent, and the fact he is outside of the top five in the UFC doesn't help either.
Frank Mir still ranks higher than Hunt and would be another legendary type fighter for him to add to his collection. I find it highly unlikely that Hunt will defeat Junior dos Santos in his next fight.
Hunt possesses brutal power in the opening round, but Mir has more than adequate defense for his type of haymaker-type striking.
This is another fight fans wouldn't mind watching, and it would put Mir back on the right track if he could take home the victory.
Here may be the biggest long shot, but the timing may be perfect.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Frank Mir would be very entertaining to witness for any MMA fan. Combining for a total of 17 submission wins and both being known as the top Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the game today.
Werdum has a summer matchup with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and win or lose, could find himself eyeing up Mir as he has been constantly overlooked for a title shot since he was a member of Strikeforce. A win against Nogueira is not a guarantee either since Nogueira has looked reborn over his last few fights.
Though Werdum is on the rise and Mir on the decline in terms of recent success, this would be one of those stylistic fights fans pay to witness.
Alistair Overeem is expected to return from injury in the summer months of 2013 and could find himself in a fight against Frank Mir.
Overeem had his momentum derailed by Antonio Silva on his path to a UFC title shot and needs an opponent to put him back into the immediate title picture. Mir could be that guy.
On the other hand, a win for Mir would do the same.
Though I think Mir should fight a Gonzaga or Rothwell prior to this fight, Mir hasn't taken an easy road in his career and don't expect him to start now.