MMA’s Best Fighter: Frank Mir
A heavy-handed, heavyweight fighter makes his way to Fighting Insder's list of MMA's Best Fighters. A round of applause to Frank Mir!
Frank Mir was born on May 24, 1979 as Francisco Santos Miranda. He is a former UFC Heavyweight Champion and Interim Heavyweight Champion, who holds the record for most number of victories in the heavyweight division with 13 wins.
While watching UFC 1: The Beginning, Frank Mir was not yet convinced with the benefits of learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Then his father convinced him to learn wrestling to avoid submissions. He started wrestling for Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, where he lost his first nine matches during his junior years. Then he went 44-1 during his senior years en route to a state championship title.
Before entering UFC, Frank Mir worked as a bouncer at the Spearmint Rhino strip club. Then while pursuing his UFC career, he continued to work as the club’s Director of Security. Moreover, he also served as a color commentator for World Extreme Cagefighting until last year.
Frank Mir started his MMA career when UFC matchmaker – Joe Silva – said that he should prove himself against some MMA fighters first. He made his MMA debut on July 14, 2011 at HOOKnSHOOT against Jerome Smith. Following his unanimous victory over Jerome Smith, Frank Mir won at the IFC Warriors Challenge 15 via submission. After these tournaments, Frank Mir made his UFC debut on November 2, 2001, defeating Roberto Tavern at UFC 34: High Voltage. His submission victory over Roberto Tavern earned him the Tapout of the Night award.
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Pires
Pan American Championships
2001 Blue Belt Pesadissimo: 1st place
North American Grappling Association
2007 NAGA Absolute Division Champion
Nevada State Wrestling
1998 Nevada State Wrestling Champion
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Submission of the Year (2008) vs. Brock Lesnar on February 2
2008 Comeback Fighter of the Year
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Submission of the Night (One time)