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Frank Mir reportedly pulled from fight with Daniel Cormier due to injury

On loan from the UFC heavyweight division, Frank Mir was signed to fight Strikeforce Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormier in one of the promotion’s final divisional dances. Now, following the lead of a few recent UFC events, it appears Mir is out of the match-up and Strikeforce is looking for a suitable replacement.

According to MMAJunkie, Mir (16-6) was injured while training for the November 3 card, leaving the 10-0 Cormier without a fight. The scramble is more than likely on to find a replacement for the bout, though there is also a chance they just scrap it altogether. The card’s co-main event features a middleweight title-fight between champion Luke Rockhold and Lorenz Larkin that could easily headline the card.

Official word on the situation is expected to surface from Strikeforce in the coming days.

Finding a legitimate challenger for Cormier on short notice will certainly be no easy feat. The undefeated grappler has won seven matches in Strikeforce including victories over Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett as part of the Grand Prix.


  • joe mo mma says:

    hmm let’s see… we got Mitrione, Rothwell, Mark Hunt, Del Rosario… not sure if those guys are injured/booked for other fights, but any of those would be entertaining.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Mitrione is booked, but the others I don’t think are.

    How many injuries during training is this this yr? Has there been an increase in roughness in how fighters train now, or are they being unlucky, or are they taking advantage of the UFC’s new health insurance?

  • Lord Faust says:

    This depresses me. I heavily favoured Cormier — as did basically everyone — but Mir would have made for a truly competitive fight, and a good gauge of where DC’s standing in the HW rankings should be when he finally moves over to the UFC.

    I also hope whatever injury Mir suffered isn’t too serious, and isn’t a cover for something like failing to procure a TUE in advance of the fight. (I have nothing to base that on, but the thought immediately crossed my mind.)

  • Lord Faust says:

    The injuries simply cannot be a case of fighters abusing the health insurance system. Fighters need to provide valid medical documentation of their injury, and the UFC has to sign-off on the claim. For fighters to “game” the insurance system, there would have to be a nationwide conspiracy of doctors, physio-therapists, and various other medical personnel. In short: it’s just not possible.

    What’s happening is that now that fighters have insurance, they’re actually treating their injuries. The only major difference between now and pre-insurance is that fighters are disclosing their injuries ahead of time (and scrapping fights), instead of pinning their losses on cracked skulls and such after dubious performances.

  • MCM says:

    Agreed Faust. I think fighters are Using not Abusing the insurance system. I read an article where a long time fighter (Miletich, Hendo, Tito? I don’t remember) was saying that fighters can now afford to back out of fights instead of taking them when they are only 60-70% healthy.
    Would we, as fans, rather a fighter back out of a fight due to injury or put on a shitty performance and then blame it on not being healthy?

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Big country said he’d step up for this fight if they’d let him. I have a feeling they won’t though, they want the pay day with the bad blood between Carwin and Nelson. Plus to many times have the coaches not fought after a TUF. It seems almost every other one


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