UFC 119 was originally supposed to be a rematch between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, but due to an injury Nogueira was forced to pull out.  Mir and Nogueira first met at UFC 92 with Mir knocking out Nogueira in the second round.  Mir became the first man to stop Nogueira and also earned himself the Interim Heavy Weight Championship.  Mir’s win was shadowed by controversy as Nogueira’s camp stated that Nogueira was suffering from a staph infection and was not 100% for the fight.  The rematch was supposed to be a chance for both fighters to prove the other wrong, as well as an opportunity for both fighters to get back in the title picture in the heavy weight division.  Since Nogueira is injured and requires multiple surgeries, the UFC has replaced him with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.  While this matchup looks good on paper it is a no-win situation for Mir.  Cro Cop is no longer the elite or feared fighter that he once was.  Even though Cro Cop has gone 4-1 in his last five fights and 2-1 in the UFC with his lone loss coming to Junior dos Santos at UFC 103, he has not looked like the same fighter that dominated the Pride heavyweight division.  Cro Cop is no longer considered a top heavyweight.  Mir, on the other hand, is a top ten heavy weight and he is looking to earn another title fight against Brock Lesnar. This fight will not do much to get him there.  This is a fight that Mir should win and if he does, he only did what he was supposed to do. But if he loses, he will find himself near the bottom of the division.  Mir should be able to use his size and strength to get this fight to the mat and use his superior ground game to submit Cro Cop.  Cro Cop has a very strong ground game but Mir has some of the best Jiu Jitsu skills in the world. And if Mir does what he should and gets the victory, it will provide little movement for him within the division.  The victory will be nothing more than a win over an aging legend.  A loss could potentially mean a very long road back to the title.  A loss to Cro Cop would be Mir’s third loss in four fights and would certainly knock him out of the top ten, making it very hard for him to work his way back to the top.  A win for Cro Cop would put him right back in the mix in the heavyweight division.  So what Mir will show up?  If the talented Mir that works and trains hard shows up, it will be a long night for Cro Cop, but if Mir decides to take him lightly he could find himself at the bottom of the mountain on his back looking up.  No matter what happens Mir is in a lose-lose situation.

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.