UFC Quick Quote: Frank Mir needs to be careful pulling guard against Josh Barnett

Steve Snowden

Will the evenly-matched grappling cancel itself out and force a stand-up brawl? Or is somebody getting subbed in Milwaukee?

"This is not a case of who's better and who's worse, it's a case of who's on the up slope and who's on the down slope and who's in better shape. Frank's on the way down and Josh is coming in, so he's going to be on his way up. There's a lot of pressure on Frank because he has to win. Being a great commentator as he is, being a big part of the UFC as he has been, a good poster child, win or lose he'll still remain in the UFC because he's still a great contender and a force to be reckoned with. He's got a good ground game. Josh loves to rip people's legs off and Frank prides himself on leg locks, also. This will be exciting. But all I can say, is be careful pulling guard."

Fantasy fights can sometimes become a reality. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champions, Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, will finally hook 'em up at UFC 164, a pay-per-view (PPV) event that takes place at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 31, 2013. In addition to sharing previous stints as 265-pound champs, both longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veterans are known for their dangerous submission skills, something Mir punctuated with a bone-crunching win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in late 2011. "The Warmaster," meanwhile, has 20 of 32 victories coming by way of tap, nap or snap. This should turn out to be a chess match on the ground (or a sloppy brawl on the feet), but famed grappling instructor Erik Paulson tells Fight Hub TV that above all else, Mir needs to be careful pulling guard. Anyone think it's the other way around?


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