Frank Mir secured a dominant win over Roy Nelson tonight at UFC 130, showing some good striking at times, particularly with his knees, along with improved wrestling as he took a step closer to another shot at the title.
He didn’t get the finish he was hoping for, more down to Nelson’s toughness and remarkable chin than for a lack of trying, but overall this was his best performance in the last couple of years.
He himself admitted pre-fight that he’ll more than likely need one more win after this to get that opportunity however, so who should be fighting next?
Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos fight for the No.1 contenders spot next month, and the loser of that bout could be a potential match-up for Mir, particularly if it’s Dos Santos who he’s yet to face in the Octagon.
According to Dana White this evening Brock Lesnar could be back as early as the 1st of next year after successfully undergoing colon surgery yesterday, so he’s also an outside bet and would certainly set up a definitive No.1 contender to face the winner of Cain Velasquez Vs JDS / Carwin.
There’s still seven months left of this year though, and with there not exactly being a great deal of interest in a third meeting between the two and the fact that there’s still being some uncertainty of exactly when Lesnar will be back it’s more likely that the UFC will be looking to get Mir back in the Octagon sooner than that.
With that in mind the winner of August’s Brendan Schaub Vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC: Rio would make a lot of sense.
Schaub is on a solid four fight winning streak at the moment and has shown interest in a fight with Mir previously. A win over ‘Big Nog’ would certainly put him on course to fulfil that wish.
On the other hand if Nogueira were to win then that that would also work as he’s been hoping for a rematch since losing convincingly to him back in December of 2008 – something he claims to have been down to a staph infection he had been suffering from prior to the fight.
Personally out of the options mentioned above I like the sound of Mir Vs Dos Santos best stylistically, but I’d settle for the winner of Schaub Vs Big Nog.