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Frank Mir Has Been Eating His Wheaties

(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? 

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WagePotato- December 13, 2009 at 10:29 am
It's all good skeltor. I, at least, caught the sarcasm.... cuz, ya know... i'm not a moron like someone who rhymes with "chats-all-day".
Thatsozay- December 13, 2009 at 8:29 am
For the hundreth time. Skeletor is a moron. Nice "prediction" ten hours after the fight dipshit.
skeletor- December 13, 2009 at 8:05 am
I predict Mir's muscle will allow him to rock Kongo in the first then submit him with some kind of choke probably a rear naked.
macreadysshack- December 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm
How is Kongo lanky?

That weight might actually help Mir get him to the ground. Still, the added muscle mass might also kill his cardio. It'll be cool to see how it affects him.
Mechanicjitsu- December 12, 2009 at 4:29 pm
Whether Mir can get this to the ground quick enough and not get blasted standing is pretty much the whole argument here summerized. I got Mir. The gap between his stand-up and Kongo's is quite large, but not near the gap between their two ground games. Oh hey Armfarmer other than Guida over Ken-flo, totally agree with your entire post.
steampunk22- December 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Either one of you guys care to inform us why several of us cant post properly all of a sudden?

Yeah I wonder what the hell the deal is? All i can post is these little short one or two line comments. Whats the deal CP?
Thatsozay- December 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm
Won't let me post either.
WagePotato- December 12, 2009 at 12:55 pm
I would love to find out how he gained all that weight in muscle. And i'm sure he's doing more than my routine of a set of push-ups every other day. Damn you office job!!!
ArmFarmer- December 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Considering that the outcome of this fight rides on takedown vs takedown defense and Kongos biggest defensive advantage is size and strength, I think the mass is a huge advantage for Mir. He may be sacrificing cardio for it, but he won't need cardio if the fight goes to the ground in the first few minutes. I'm putting money on mir.. and bj. I think Guida might give Florian the sherk treatment though.
exes.for.iballs- December 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm

The same thing happened to me the other day, but I think I too was banned for questioning a certain someones abilities as a parent and spouse among other things. That's why I have been staying away from arguments and unnecessary insults. Cuz how could I survive with out cp?!

I got mir in this one. Head kick round 2 ala Sylvia v. Tellegman.
Barc- December 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm
I don't think Mir's afraid of Kongo's standup because he's not gonna stand up with him. It's not like Kongo has been sprawl training with Chuck Liddell. Mir doesn't have the slickest takedowns; but, Kongo has NO TD defense. If nothing else; Frank can just jump under the jab and pull guard. He's got this in the bag.
Kimbos Bread- December 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm
@ Deadpanda

Oh yeah, I can't wait to find out what Mir's balls look like.

*Flashback to the mind scaring pics of War Machine and Whore Machine on the couch*
Deadpanda- December 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm
As far as steroids go it's a little early to see signs on his body (twisted veins, bloated head, chicken legs, no balls, etc). But the muscle he has on in that photo looks like legit strength training & not bloated puffy steroid muscle.

Mir's going to sub Kongo in the 1st by my count.
Randy Pan- December 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm
I actually like both Mir and Kongo, and always tend to root for them when they fight. I have to go with Mir in this one, though. Unless Kongo can knock him out quick, like within the first minutes of the first round, I just can't see him winning. I hope Mir maintains his new size/strength and gets his rematch with Lesnar. That would be fucking epic.
Kimbos Bread- December 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm
Mir stole my biceps!

*rips off Mir's arms like one of Cinerella's sisters ripping apart the dress*
Daoulas- December 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm
if kongo worked on his takedown defence then he will win this fight.
if he is still the horribly not well rounded fighter he is normally then mir will win by decision or submission
Sully- December 12, 2009 at 11:51 am
Uh oh, looks like some "steriod" accusing fags are out. Just cuz you cant put on muscle doesn't mean he cant.
831 Son- December 12, 2009 at 11:36 am
What annoys me is when Kongo tries to sprawl, he puts his legs together. Looks like he hadn't ever trained for take down defense in his life. I would love for Kongo to smash Frank Mir but I wouldn't be too surprised if Mir won, particularly by submission.
Clyde- December 12, 2009 at 11:25 am
In the picture on the weigh in post I thought he had just gotten a bit fat because he didn't look that good and I read the number, hence my comment in that post. We won't really know if it's slowed him down until we see him fight but given Kongo's fairly unimpressive takedown defense against Velasquez, I think he should still be OK.

I hope so anyway, Kongo's contant badgering for a title shot and that annoying chest thump fist raise thing he does on the way to the octagon annoys me for reason's I can't explain.
steampunk22- December 12, 2009 at 11:17 am
Nah I don't think so, I'm usually pretty polite. I seem to be able to post these short comments, but nothing else....
meanfinger- December 12, 2009 at 11:15 am
@tallkitchenbags how in the fuck can u forget about zimmerman? and what about fat boy roy??
just some dong- December 12, 2009 at 11:14 am
I like the new Mir, but I can see how the added bulk might work against him in this fight. Kongo's strong and very resilient, so I can see him weathering the early storm and then bouncing back in rounds 2 and 3, landing devastating knees from the clinch. Of course I can also see Mir landing the takedown and tapping Kongo out pretty easily. Either way we're gonna learn a lot about where these two stand in the HW division after tonight.
meanfinger- December 12, 2009 at 11:13 am
noo.. the brown pride is referring to his part time job at U.P.S u dummy..
GetUpAndKill- December 12, 2009 at 11:11 am
@ Steampunk

Did you call anyone a fag? I think CP gave me a 2 day posting ban once for calling this one faggy dude a fag and because I keep passively aggressively asking for the t-shirts that I won but still haven't received. This might be your case, I dunno.

tallkitchenbags- December 12, 2009 at 11:10 am
the ufc's heavyweight division sucks. no one cares about mir or kongo. carwin and velazquez are suspect at best and lesnar is out indefinitely. oh, wait, i forgot about kimbo and ben rothwell, nevermind...