Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, is scheduled to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action after a one-year hiatus when he collides with Antonio Silva at UFC 184, scheduled for Feb. 28, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And he better be mindful of his limbs.
That's because "Bigfoot" is training for the submission win, despite a long list of highlight-reel knockouts. While it may sound unusual for a fighter to willingly walk into an opponent's wheelhouse, the Brazilian insists he must be prepared for any type of situation.
From his conversation with MMA Fighting:
"That's what I train for. I have to go in there confident that I can do it. Nothing is impossible in sports. I have what it takes [to submit him]. I've fought great grapplers throughout my whole career and I was never submitted. I've fought Werdum, who has the best jiu-jitsu in MMA, so I will be ready for Mir. If I can keep this fight standing, it could be the less complicated way to beat him. A high-level athlete has to be ready for any type of situation if he wants to be the champion one day."
Silva has never been submitted in 25 professional fights, and has shared the cage with such high-level grapplers as Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum. The flip side to that, of course, is that "Bigfoot" has only ended three of his 18 wins by way of tap, nap, or snap, while Mir (16-9) has subbed nine of 16 (and busted a few arms along the way).
How about it, fight fans, who's taking Silva by submission?