Due to a significant size disadvantage that Mir had when he fought current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, Mir said that he will enjoy having a significant size advantage over Anderson Silva, should the two be given the opportunity to fight each other.
"I'm extremely interested in the fight," said Mir. "I've learned that size helps people win fights. It would be nice to be on the other end of that."
Mir (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) said that Silva will be a dangerous opponent, but still believes he should be the clear-cut favorite. He applauded Silva's striking skills and said that he was definitely one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Nevertheless, he believes that he will have the advantage over Silva because of his grappling skills and size.
However, UFC fans might never see this fight take place. UFC President Dana White has stated repeatedly that he does not want Silva moving up to the heavyweight division. Silva currently competes as a middleweight, while make some trips up to the light-heavyweight division. A jump to the heavyweight division might create problems for Silva due to size and power. In addition, White does not want Silva fighting in any weight class if he has not completely cleaned out the one below it.
A matchup that is more likely to happen is a rematch between Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The two fought previously at UFC 92 on Dec. 27, 2008. Mir was the victor by TKO, and captured the UFC interim heavyweight title.
Mir is not as intent on a rematch with Nogueira, as he has already beaten him once before and does not feel the need to prove himself. However, Mir said that he will take any matchup that the UFC gives him.
"I think Nogueira wants me more than I want him," he said. "I don't really feel like I need to fight him."
According to Mir, Nogueira is still the same fighter that he fought last December. While people are giving accolades to Nogueira for his improved striking and his unanimous decision win over Randy Couture at UFC 102, Mir said that Couture did not capitalize on knocking out Nogueira because he is not a power puncher and therefore did not knock Nogueira down.
Before looking too far ahead, Mir's next opponent is Cheick Kongo, who he will face at UFC 107 on Dec. 12 in Memphis, Tenn. Mir has improved his standup, but said that he will stick to his grappling skills when he fights Kongo.
"Honestly, I want to go out there and get a win," said Mir. "His ground game is definitely his weakest compared to his standup game. So regardless how I feel about my standup or my ground, I want to fight my opponents at their weakness."