Fresh off his first round victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at last night's (Dec. 10, 2011) UFC 140 event, proving that his first win over him at UFC 92 back on December 27, 2008 was no fluke, Frank Mir is looking to make a quick turnaround.
Mir made it two for two against Noguiera, who some say may be the greatest heavyweight submission fighter of all time, by torquing "Minotauro" with a kimura that UFC President Dana White dubbed "Submission of the Century," breaking his arm in the process.
Now, Mir, who isn't willing to sit around and wait for the heavyweight title picture to clear up, is ready to jump right back in the saddle. After all, his fight lasted all of three minutes last night.
He wouldn't mind doing it against another former UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.
Though Mir stopped short of calling out Velasquez, he stated at the UFC 140 post-fight press conference that he wants to fight someone that is a force to be reckoned and Cain Velasquez fits the bill perfectly:
"Depending on how Cain is feeling you know, obviously that would be a phenomenal fight, someone who is a forced to be reckoned with and honestly I still he think he is. I think he just got caught in his last fight. I mean we saw that tonight, it can happen. I just happen to recover and he didn't and JDS jumped on him. So whoever is out there. Right now, the (UFC) heavyweight division changes from week to week, depending on who's injured or who has a spectacular fight."
Velasquez was last seen on the receiving end of a knockout at UFC on Fox 1 on Nov. 12 courtesy of new heavyweight kingpin Junior dos Santos. The loss marked the first time he had tasted defeat in the his young mixed martial arts career, and also ended his short lived championship reign.
With Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem scheduled to meet in a number one contenders bout at UFC 141 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, there aren't too many options available for Mir, or at least none that are very interesting.
A victory over the streaking Mir would definitely get Velasquez back into title contention and a win over the recently dethroned heavyweight champ may earn Mir another title shot.
What's your take, Maniacs? Does a match-up between Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir make sense considering Cain is coming off of a loss and Mir is on a roll as of late? Or are there other top heavyweight contenders available for Mir to take on?