In a recent interview at the UFC Fan Expo, Frank was asked about some possibilities for future matchups. Instead of throwing out names like Carwin, Lesnar, and Big' Nog, Mir surprisingly admitted his dream matchup to be Anderson Silva. While a plethora of fighters have claimed to want a piece of the 'Michael Jordan of MMA,' as Mir puts it, he seemed completely serious. I'm no math-a-magician, but these guys don't exactly look like shopping buddies.
Well, Frank also talked about the disturbing notion of dropping a weight class down to 205, something that should shock and horrify the sensibilities of even the most apathetic humanitarians.
"Right now I have a couple months off, so I've actually been toying with the idea of maybe going down a weight class. Since I don't have a fight for a couple months, I've just been watching what I eat and see how my body without trying to put size on; what my natural weight will fall now at now since I have lifted a lot lately to add size. I'm kind of curios where I think I would fall at. Because some of the guys I train with that are light heavyweight, bone structures are the same."
"Sometimes I stand next to Forrest and I think I'm in the wrong weight class."
Really, Frank? This is a man who just cut to 265 to fight for the heavyweight championship. CUT to 265, and did it looking good. I'm still slowly saying goodbye to 'Fat Frank,' as I was known to drunkenly refer to him, but I'm very much a fan of Mir 3.0 To throw away everything he has worked for over the last few years with his body transformation and his ascent atop the fatty division(3 title fights in 2 years) is utterly stupefying.
Now, I now there is plenty of mobility between the two divisions. With most light heavies weighing around 220-230ish before the cut, they would just be smaller heavyweights. Tweeners like Randy Couture and Brandon Vera, who could really fight at either weight class, are not at all like Frank Mir. Until just recently, Frank has never really had to cut weight, and yet, has traditionally had abysmal conditioning. Would a cut down to 205 help that matter?
I don't actually expect this horrible idea to come to fruition. His wife seems far too sane to allow it. But if he does end up attempting it, you wont be watching him fight in the UFC, you'll be watching him in an ASPCA commercial with Sarah McLachlan playing in the background.