Mir tipped the scales at a modest 245 lbs. before his meeting with Lesnar at UFC 100. After being mauled by the big man, Mir went back to the drawing board and the dinner table.
Now, weighing in at the 265 lbs. limit, Frank Mir 3.0 made his debut. He looked swelled up but surprisingly lean, considering the amount of mass he added to his 6'2" frame. In fact, there have been lighter versions of Mir who looked softer around the middle than the fighter we saw on Saturday night.
Needing only 1:12 to put Kongo to sleep, we didn't get a chance to see if his new bulk is going to adversely affect his cardio. Big men have a reputation for gassing early, and Mir has had his conditioning come into question in the past.
Fortunately for Mir, he'll have plenty of time to get used to his new density before meeting Lesnar in a rubber match. Lesnar and his next scheduled opponent, Shane Carwin, are both recovering from surgery and this upcoming summer is the most optimistic estimate for their bout.
What we did see from Mir were hands that seemed as quick as ever. He wasted no time in sitting Kongo down with a looping left hand. He transitioned without hesitation and finished the Frenchman by choking him completely out with his new guns and already sharp technique.
Before his last fight with Lesnar, Mir said in several interviews that Brazilian Ju Jitsu, his martial art of choice, was geared around the smaller man overcoming the bigger man. After being thoroughly dominated by Lesnar, Mir admitted that he had expected the champ to be sloppier and more out of control. He anticipated the fight going to the ground and where Lesnar would start throwing haphazard hay-makers, instead of the cautious sniper shots that rattled Mir's brains.
If you close your eyes, you can almost imagine the Rocky Balboa montage that comes next. Mir's alarm clock goes off at 5:00 AM, his bruises still purple and amorphous. He goes to the kitchen and downs a glass of 10 eggs before he hits the weight room. Somewhere in the background, you can hear the lyrics if you listen: "Getting strong now..."
But one question remains: Will 20 pounds really make a difference when Mir finally gets his rubber match with the champ, or is he just a bigger target?