"If I was making excuses, I would have been making excuses right after the fight. I'm not making excuses, I'm giving you a reason.... If Mir feels it’s an excuse, then lets get in the Octagon and see whether it's an excuse or a reason in December and settle it. I’d love to fight Frank Mir at UFC 107."
Move over Cheick Kongo, former Pride FC and UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira wants to rematch Frank Mir at UFC 107 from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., on Dec. 12. Mir handed "Big Nog" his first ever technical knockout loss at last year’s UFC 92 event, opening the door for speculation that years of abuse had finally caught up to the battle-weary Brazilian and that his fighting days were numbered. He recently silenced the critics with a thrilling unanimous decision win over Randy Couture at UFC 102 last month. In doing so, it also brought up questions about his health in the fight against Mir -- Nogueira was hospitalized with staph infection days before the bout and was also nursing a torn ligament in his knee. Mir was upset with the post-fight questions, saying that all it did was hollow out his win rather than give him credit for stopping a legend in the sport dead in his tracks. So should the promotion push Kongo aside and book Nogueira opposite Mir in December to eliminate any and all excuses? It's certainly got a much more intriguing back story that can be hyped, don't ya' think?