Dec 10, 2011; Toronto, ON, Canada; UFC fighter Frank Mir (top) against fighter Minotauro Nogueira during a heavyweight bout at UFC 140 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
That all depends on who you ask heading into the latest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) vs. Strikeforce superfight, which pits the former ZUFFA titleholder against San Jose's grand prix champion later this year to find out, once and for all, if "DC" can hang with the Octagon elite.
Inside the Hexagon.
The fine folks at Tatame.com caught up with famed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) wizard and Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) legend Robert Drysdale to find out just how difficult it will be for the former Olympic wrestler to withstand the strength of his hulking heavyweight pupil.
Those comments, after the jump.
"Man, it’s a hard one. It’s hard because the guy’s tough on the stand-up and has good takedowns. The mistake most people make when fighting Frank is underestimating him. Everybody that underestimates him gets caught. Frank’s a sniper, lands directs hits. He chooses the right moment and lands it when finally does. It’s a tough fight but he’s prepared. We know it can go to the ground and Frank may be on the bottom and we’re training for that. I guess Frank has an advantage on striking. On the ground, if he (Cormier) makes a mistake, he’ll get caught. You can’t make a mistake with him. I train with the guy. He goes smoothly, you think he’s not paying attention. Brother, the guy catches you and you don’t see that coming. You can’t tap, you have to scream. If you try to tap out he breaks you in half. He’s very strong. When he goes 70 percent it’s like other people going 100 percent. That’s the problem. To train with him you gotta be ready to tap out the entire time."
Mir (16-6) saw his three-fight winning streak snapped at the hands of Junior dos Santos, literally, when the Brazilian boxer sent him ass over tin cups at the UFC 146 pay-per-view event last May. It was the second time the former "Ultimate Fighter" coach came up short in his bid for the 265-pound strap, having also been pounded out by Brock Lesnar way back at UFC 100.
But you can never count him out.
Cormier (10-0) faced his stiffest test to date with a five round main event against Josh Barnett earlier this year. "DC" passed with flying colors, beating "The Warmaster" in the stand-up, the ground game and just about every other facet of mixed martial arts (MMA) you can think of.
Should be a compelling fight, Maniacs, who ya' got?