"This was a statement for myself and my training camp to say that I could bounce back after a decisive loss from Brock; how did I deal with it mentally. Would I be able to choke knowing that I was going into this with a loss, and another loss could have been very detrimental to my career. Also, going out there against Cheick Kongo which a lot of people... a loss to Cheick would have been a pretty bad statement on my career. He was an opponent that I really felt I had to decisively smash to make a statement. If I went out there and won a three-round decision against Cheick Kongo, I don't think that would have really elevated my status." -Frank Mir
It took Frank Mir just 1:12 into the first round to finish the Wolfslair MMA Academy trained Cheick Kongo at UFC 107. Mir setup a guillotine choke with a big left which stunned Kongo long enough for him to put the Frenchman to sleep.
Immediately after the stoppage, a concerned Mir made his way over to Kongo's corner to make sure he was okay. Kongo struggled to regain consciousness, but was eventually revived and in good health.
When asked if Mir thinks it would be fair for him to be next in line for Brock Lesnar, he appeared humbled, stating his belief that Shane Carwin deserves the next crack heavyweight champion after he recovers from knee surgery.
The current heavyweight forecast is still a bit confusing as Lesnar has been suffering from serious illness, and Carwin, as stated, underwent knee surgery recently, but with his dominant performance over Kongo last night, Mir has catapulted himself back into the heavyweight title picture.