Frank Mir 2.0?
Turns out the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight kingpin may have been mailing it in during his cozy little training camps back in Las Vegas, which he recently abandoned in favor of Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
And that's a good thing, according to UFC President Dana White.
"I think it's really good for him to get out and train with different people. Get pushed harder and train with guys who can actually, you know, make him work. He wasn't working hard in Vegas. You know what I mean? He had his own little thing going on and he was cruising through workouts and stuff. I think it's gonna be good for him. I think it was the right thing to do, going in against an animal like Cormier."
Win or lose, Mir (16-6) says the move will be "permanent."
The jiu-jitsu ace, who fights Daniel Cormier at UFC on FOX 7 this weekend in San Jose, Calif., hasn't seen action since losing a heavyweight title fight to Junior dos Santos in the main event of UFC 146 last May. Initially scheduled to face Cormier in what would have been "DC's" final Strikeforce fight, the hulking grappler suffered a training injury and was forced out of the contest.
See how their bout was resurrected here.
Now, he'll have an opportunity to get himself right back into the title mix should he become the first man to defeat the former Olympian, especially since "Cigano" was knocked off his perch last December by Cormier's teammate, Cain Velasquez.
And hey, when all else fails, there's always the "Frank Mir curse."