Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir
has the distinction of being the only man to have fought both Brock Lesnar
and Mark Hunt.
Mir submitted Brock Lesner back at UFC 81 and was defeated by Lesnar at UFC 100. Mir most recently lost by knockout to Mark Hunt.
When he heard that Lesnar was set to return to the UFC and would fight Mark Hunt, Mir’s immediate thought was that Hunt should come out on top:
“He doesn’t like to be hit,” Mir said of Lesnar. “Not that anybody likes to be hit, but Brock for whatever reason has shown much more of a dramatic response to the negativity of those shots. To the point where he’s not asleep, it isn’t like he got knocked out, he’s not getting dropped, but he just turns his face away from adversity. That’s a bad thing when fighting Mark Hunt, who again I think is one of the hardest punchers in the division.”
That said, Mir understands that if anyone can take Hunt down and keep him there for a while, it is Lesnar, a former NCAA Division I wrestling national champion.
“If he is able to take Hunt down and control him, Hunt has been known to get tired on the ground and get fatigued,” Mir said. … “It really comes down to who is able to get their game plan.”
“I’m betting on Mark,” Mir said. “He’s been in there more consistently the last couple of years against really game opponents. I think that once their strengths match up against each other, it’s a hard takedown. You’ve never really seen anybody come through and just blast Mark onto his butt in the first minute or two of a match.”