After witnessing the brutal knockout loss to Frank Mir last night, I was left with one question for the former UFC heavyweight champion. Where does he go from this loss to Shane Carwin?
There are a number of opponents for Frank to face after the devastating loss to Carwin. He can rematch a few of his most recent foes, or he can try some new opposition in the heavyweight division.
Fighters He Can Rematch: Cheick Kongo and Minotauro Nogueira
Back at UFC 107, Frank Mir and Cheick Kongo had faced one another to both recover from recent losses.
Frank was just recovering from TKO loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 100, and Cheick was just coming off of his unanimous decision loss to top contender Cain Velasquez at UFC 99. This fight was guaranteed to have fireworks from the start.
Everyone saw this fight ending one of two ways: Mir by submission or Kongo by knockout. For those people that are Frank Mir fans, they got what they wanted.
After Mir dropped Kongo from a left hand, he quickly sunk in a guillotine choke that put Kongo to sleep. Since that night, Mir was knocked unconscious by Shane Carwin, and Kongo defeated Paul Buentello by TKO.
I'm sure these two wouldn't mind fighting again, especially since Mir insulted Kongo's kickboxing and defeated him last. Advice for each fighter: Mir go in for a quick submission. Kongo go for the knockout punch and train his wrestling to keep the fight standing.
Mir and Big Nog fought each other last at UFC 92. The winner of this was guaranteed to face Brock Lesnar at UFC 100 to unify the heavyweight titles and see who the undisputed champion was.
Everyone expected this fight to be a battle back and forth, but that didn't happen. For two rounds Mir dominated Nogueira on the feet, dropping him several times, until he TKO'd him in the second round.
Reports later turned up and it was discovered that Nogueira suffered from a staph infection a month before fighting Mir and it prevented him from training to his full potential.
Mir thinks he beat Nogueira, and Nogueira would like to face Mir again. Right now is a perfect opportunity for both men to rematch each other.
Mir is coming off of his loss to Carwin and Nogueira is coming off of his FIRST knockout loss, in my opinion, to Cain Velasquez. The winner of this fight will reclaim their spot as a top contender in the heavyweight division.
Advice for each fighter: There's no point in it going to the ground since they are both about even in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu game. So it will stay standing. Best advice for Mir is to use his kickboxing and make distance, while Nogueira should use his boxing and close the distance.
New opponents for Mir: Gabriel Gonzaga and Junior Dos Santos
Gonzaga and Mir have never faced each other and, in my opinion, it would be a fight worth watching.
Both guys have good stand-up and are great on the ground as both of them are Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts. So everyone can expect this fight to stay on the feet.
Both guys just lost and have a common opponent that is Shane Carwin.
The only difference between the two of them is that Gonzaga got caught against Carwin after making two mistakes. Mir didn't stand a chance against Carwin, and that was clearly seen from the start of the fight.
The winner of this would re-establish their place in the heavyweight division.
Advice for each fighter: It will most likely stay standing since both are Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts. It's going to be a kickboxing match on the feet, and Gonzaga has the advantage since he has knockout power in his hands and phenomenal leg kicks. Mir should keep distance and counter, while Gonzaga should close the distance and go for the knockout.
JUNIOR DOS SANTOS
Mir and Dos Santos haven't fought, but have one common thing.
Mir beat Minotauro Nogueira, who is Dos Santos' mentor.
Junior would love this fight to avenge his master's loss. This fight would definitely put Mir back into the mix as a contender for the title if he could defeat Dos Santos.
If Junior wins, he would beat a heavyweight that is still in their prime and can put up a decent fight.
Advice for each fighter: Mir has better Brazilian jiu-jitsu and should get Junior Dos Santos to the ground as fast as possible and go for the quick submission. Junior should keep the fight standing and use his boxing to knockout Mir on the feet.
I look forward to seeing any one of these fights with Mir. Let me know what you think.