Frank Mir is just trying on the positives.
The previous UFC heavyweight champion made his skilled boxing debut when he took on Steve Cunningham on the Triller Struggle Membership occasion final night time in Atlanta, Georgia.
Though he was naturally outclassed and managed by Cunningham for a lot of the struggle, he did have his moments. And naturally, he was by no means knocked out as he made the complete six rounds.
That, in itself, is a victory for the 41-year-old Mir.
“It’s a victory,” Mir informed MMA Junkie after the struggle. “Actually, my final objective was to get a six-round choice. However should you mentioned knock him out in 30 seconds or get a six-round choice the place you boxed rather well, I most popular that one. It seems like perhaps a defeatist mindset, however I believe actual martial artists perceive it’s concerning the journey and never the vacation spot. Meaning extra to me and my general life than catching anyone in 15 seconds.
“… I really really feel fairly good about it. I felt that truthfully, I gained the primary two or three rounds. … In my thoughts, if I do know I can dangle with a boxer for 2 or three rounds and win these rounds. Had that been an MMA struggle, then I win the struggle. That might carry over to my MMA profession. That’s actually what I’m, is a blended martial artist. It’s (about) trying to at all times push myself.”
As for the longer term, Mir needs to compete towards Cunningham once more whether or not it’s in boxing, naked knuckle or in blended martial arts. However after he will get some pointers from him first, that’s.
“If Steve would’ve taken me up on (bare-knuckle), yeah, completely,” Mir added. “Earlier than, I’m going to truly see if I can decide his mind and search out what errors I made so he could make me a greater fighter if he’s prepared to do this.
“I believe I used to be requested if we wished to do an MMA struggle. Clearly, I mentioned sure to that. However I don’t suppose he would say sure to that.”
What do you suppose is subsequent for Mir?