Why Frank Mir should beat Mirko Cro CopPosted on September 23, 2010, 08:30 AM by Anton Gurevich
Sometimes I wonder, what Frank Mir should do for people to start giving him the deserved respect. Former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will try to prove critics wrong for another time, this time squaring off against the legendary Mirko Cro Cop. And just like against Minotauro Nogueira and even Cheick Kongo, some people consider Frank Mir an underdog.
To tell you the truth, I can’t see how it’s even possible. With all due respect for Mirko Cro Cop and his impact on Mixed Martial Arts, I can’t see him beating Frank Mir. More than that, I was never so sure in a victory of a fighter, than in Frank Mir’s triumph over Mirko Cro Cop.
There’s no need to talk about the past. Yes, Cro Cop proved his worth more than once, and he has nothing to prove when it comes to achievements. But this fight is not taking place at the Saitama Super Arena in 2006. It’s 2010. The Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Mirko Cro Cop is not the same Mirko Cro Cop he was before. Just to look at his recent history; Today’s Cro Cop was knocked down couple of times by Pat Barry, defeated mentally and physically by Junior Dos Santos. His victims Anthony Perosh, Mostapha Al-Turk, Hong-Man Choi and the same Pat Barry (who I consider as one of the best prospects in the UFC HW division) are nowhere near Frank Mir’s level.
Mirko Cro Cop in 2010 is a slow counter-striker. Cro Cop rarely kicks and mostly uses his experience advantage to get W’s against fighters, who are unfamiliar with fighting someone that experienced, not speaking about being a co-main event in the UFC. Frank Mir in 2010 is probably the most underrated striker in the game, who hits hard and will have no troubles standing with Mirko Cro Cop. Mir is by far more aggressive, more powerful and more precise than Mirko Cro Cop. In every Frank Mir fight we see an excellent display of deep and quality striking, including the fights he was defeated.
Frank Mir will defeat Mirko Cro Cop on his feet, and not on the ground. Obviously, if the fight goes to the ground, it will be all Frank Mir’s world and a short way to victory; but again, I truly believe that it’s stand-up where Frank Mir has the best advantage. It’s much easier to survive on the ground, than absorbing powerful strikes on your feet.
Mirko Cro Cop’s victory would be a pleasant surprise, but it’s Frank Mir’s fight to lose. Mir via TKO in the First.