Is Frank Mir delusional in believing that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will prove to be no different than the fighter he beat at UFC 92?
Mir seems confident that he will defeat Nogueira once again, and given the Muay Thai, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Mir, as well as the takedowns of the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, there is plenty of reason to think so.
For Mir to go 2-0 against Nogueira at UFC 140, putting it all together is key to the success of the former champion, because dialing back in the slightest bit may open the door for another Nogueira knockout win.
Bear in mind, though, that Mir is an active-aggressive strategist in the cage, and while he has some of the tools that justified a prediction for a Brendan Schaub victory at UFC 134, even if one could have seen this fight still happening with a Nogueira loss in Rio, Mir isn't Schaub.
Obviously, Mir never mentioned too many NFL aspirations when he debuted and Schaub never broke Tim Sylvia's arm, but Schaub also was not a threat on the ground the way Mir threatens Nogueira.
Sure, Schaub was a Wrestler and a Greg Jackson pupil, but Schaub was never seen as one of the best non-Brazilian practitioners of BJJ in the world, and of course, Mir definitely does not own a knockout loss that came in Rio to the former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion.
Can Schaub say that?
No, and if Mir can establish his aggression early, he can easily turn the legend inside out just like he did before.
It's not that Nogueira is that old, but Mir is just that good, and not even the biggest PRIDE fanatic in the world can deny that Mir will look to show the world that skill, and not age injury or infection, was the reason for the first real knockout loss of Nogueira's career by ensuring that skill, and not age, injury or infection, is the reason for what Mir hopes will be a 2-0 record against Minotauro Nogueira.