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What was Mir's Strategy at UFC 146?


UFC 146 is over and it has left me wondering what Frank Mir's strategy was going into his bout with JDS for the HW title. He seemed quite sluggish, lacked head movement, as well as lateral movement. He utilized a few inside leg kicks that were effective, yet seemed to abandon them as the fight progressed. The key to the fight , in my opinion, was not JDS’ "superior footwork" as Mir indicated in the post fight presser, but rather Mir's complete lack of any footwork or movement. For such an incredibly cerebral fighter, I expected a more adaptive strategy from Mir. Had he worked JDS' lead leg for a couple of rounds it could have been the difference in negating the champion's footwork, setting up more takedown attempts, and getting the fight into the later rounds. Instead, he chose to stand in front of arguably the best striker in the HW division which proved to be his demise. Obviously, the change in opponents cannot be discounted, but employing this same strategy against Cain would have probably produced the same results. Title shots are far and few between and this might have been Mir's last chance to regain the title and solidify his legacy.

So did Frank Mir just show up to get his 200K paycheck, just get plain outclassed, or suffer from a lack of strategy in training camp?

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