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Video: Ahead of Bigfoot Silva fight, Frank Mir reveals 'easy solution' for recent Octagon woes

"I took some time off. It was an easy solution. Close friends and training partners tell me the four guys I fought are highly ranked and tough. But I took time off and addressed some things to be a better athlete and be at my full capability. I have the same motivation as I did in the beginning. I want to compete. I love to fight. The lifestyle makes me who I am. The accomplishments that come with it are just a result of doing what I love to do. But I'm not doing it for records. It's the lifestyle I've lived for last 14 years. I just spent the summer hanging out in South America, and spent a week in Sao Paulo. I had a real warm welcome. If I wasn't fighting a Brazilian, here in Brazil, I think I'd be the crowd favorite. I think Bigfoot has good counter right hand and a long reach. If you're aggressive and take it to him, you can be successful. But if you let him off the hook, you'll be unsuccessful."

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Frank Mir (16-9) has a lot of ghosts that need exorcising heading into his Antonio Silva fight on FOX Sports 1, scheduled for UFC Fight Night 61 on Feb. 22, 2015 inside Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The longtime grappling guru has dropped four consecutive fights -- prompting some unflattering trends from the Twitterverse -- and could be asked to hang 'em up if he gets stepped on by "Bigfoot" this Sunday night (results here). So how does Mir plan to reverse his free fall? According to comments made to UFC Tonight, he already has, taking time off to heal up nagging injuries, get his head together, and come back stronger. Sounds simple enough ... but will it pay off on fight night?

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