(Frank Mir pauses a moment to flex his biceps and think about his childhood. Photo courtesy of Fight Magazine’s excellent UFC 107 weigh-in gallery.)
When Frank Mir has let his weight get into the 260′s in the past, it hasn’t typically been extra muscle tipping the scales. Not unless that extra muscle was strategically hidden under layers of gut. It’s no secret that he hates doing cardio, is prone to bouts of crippling depression, and he’s more than six years removed from the chiseled young Adonis who appeared on the cover of Muscle & Fitness. But for UFC 107 Mir weighed in at a bulky 264.5 pounds, and for perhaps the first time in his career it was not a sign that he’s been letting himself go.
Quite the contrary, in fact. Mir got with former Strongman Mark Phillipi and did a serious lifting routine to bulk up for this fight. Now he seems pretty sure that he won’t get tossed around by the bigger heavyweights in the division, especially guys whose names rhyme with Lock Festner, but has he sacrificed any quickness and agility in the process? The extra weight might really help against a corn-fed wrestler, but against a lanky French striker it could be more of a liability.
What say you, Potato Nation? Is this just one more sign that Mir is looking past Kongo and on to Lesnar?