Frank Mir: 'Cro Cop is still the same fighter, it's the cage that's different'

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"Being inside of the cage really exploits a lack of wrestling. If you have a weakness in wrestling, you're gonna have a problem winning consistently. Anybody can catch anybody at this level, but guys like Chael Sonnen, Jon Fitch, GSP, Rashad Evans, those guys consistently win because of their wrestling base. Cro Cop with a striking base is inherently gonna have problems. I think he's still the same fighter. But when he came over here he had  a problem adjusting because of the wrestling and the cage. The things that made Mirko dangerous though, his striking, he still possesses. It's just that his weaknesses are exploited more in the Octagon."

UFC 119's main event features two heavyweights who look to be at different stages of their respective careers. But Frank Mir, a two-time UFC champ, believes his opponent, former PRIDE champion Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, hasn't lost a step, it's just his new surroundings that make it appear otherwise. Frank makes a convincing argument that "Cro Cop's" average performances since coming over to the UFC are more do to the Octagon in which he now calls home. Is Mir right? Would Mirko have struggled all along if he had been fighting in a cage his entire career instead of a ring?

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