31.1.08

mir's comeback trail leads to lesnar

come feb. 2, the world will know (at least those who follow the ufc) if the old frank mir is back. mir is set to battle with the hulking brock lesnar. this fight is big, but it would have been huge if a motorcycle accident involving someone who looks like, talks like, and fights like frank mir did not happen.

back in 2004, the maine-iac tim sylvia reigns supreme in the heavyweight division but when he faced mir for the championship, mir broke his arm, literally. it took sylvia seven months to recuperate from that. meanwhile, after that win, mir was considered by many to be the future of the heavyweight division.

then, the motorcycle accident happened. it took mir almost two years to get back into shape to compete in mma. his first fight after the accident was a loss; the second, a win; the third a ko loss to brandon vera; then he lost to renato "babalu" sobral last year. after that, he took on hardonk and won by submission (kimura). that win had people thinking whether the old rank mir is back.

this upcoming fight is very important to mir as he surely wants to regain his title. but he has to get past the "next big thing".

interestingly, sylvia will also be fighting come feb. 2.