A submission no less, which broke Nogueira’s arm.
That win now puts Mir in the top five ranked heavyweights in the UFC.
Since his loss to Shane Carwin, Mir has made steady progress back up the ladder of the UFC’s heavyweight elite.
First stop was a knockout win over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović and then there was that hard fought battle with Roy “Big Country” Nelson which Mir won via unanimous decision.
So what's next for the jiu-jitsu wizard?
Well, with Alistair Overeem and Brock Lesnar contesting for an opportunity to become the No. 1 contender to Junior Dos Santos’ heavyweight crown, Mir is left with two or three likely opponents before getting back into the swing of a title shot.
A rematch with Shane Carwin doesn’t seem highly likely as the latter will probably be out with injuries until mid 2012.
The other option and most likely candidate could and should be Cain Velasquez, as he also wants to get back into title frame.
Getting past a mean and once again hungry Velasquez will be a tough task for any heavyweight, let alone Mir, however, if he can somehow upend the former champ then the gates to the UFC heavyweight championship should open that much wider.
Realistically, one more win is what is needed for Mir to get back in the title mix, once he has that fourth win under his belt, I see no reason why the UFC brass shouldn’t consider him for another run at UFC glory.
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