Frank Mir is a professional Mixed Martial Artist, with a Cuban American heritage who currently competes as a Heavyweight fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC, the premier Mixed Martial Arts promotion in the world, where he is a former two time winner of the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Mir also holds the record of securing the most number of victories as well as the most number of submissions as a Heavyweight fighter in the promotion’s history. The Cuban American is also the only man in the history of the UFC to have won a match using the toe hold.
His other achievements include beating the legendary Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, once by submission and once again by knockout; and is also the only person in the UFC to have submitted the former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar as well as the Muay Thai fighter Cheick Kongo. In terms of the number of fights in the UFC Heavyweight division, Frank Mir has appeared inside the UFC Octagon more than any other fighter and all these achievements have ranked him at number 7 in Sherdog’s list of top Heavyweight fighters.
His career began as wrestler after his father convinced him to take up the sport. But after a chance meeting with UFC match maker Joe Silva at a school he was visiting, Silva convinced him to try his luck out in Mixed Martial Arts, having been impressed by his skills.
During his reign in the UFC, Frank Mir went on to climb the very pinnacle of the UFC, winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship and being in and around the title contention spot for almost all his career, despite not posing a credible threat over the last couple of years. Mir is married with three children and settled in the United States.
Cody Runnels is a professional wrestler from the United States of America, wrestling under the ring name of Cody Rhodes. Rhodes is currently signed on to be a part of the World Wrestling Entertainment or the WWE, the biggest promotion for professional wrestling in the world, and he is the son of one of the legends of the promotion in the WWE Hall of Famer The American Dream Dusty Rhodes. His half brother Dustin Runnels or Goldust is also signed on to the WWE.
Being the son of The American Dream, the young Cody showed a knack for professional wrestling and he used to be a referee in the promotions of his father when he was still in high school. He began taking wrestling seriously since 2006, which is when he began training to become a professional wrestling. Having Dusty Rhodes as his father probably made things a bit easier for him and he was signed to perform in the Ohio Valley Wrestling or OVW, the developmental territory of the WWE where Cody Rhodes fought under his real name.
During his stint in the OVW, he was really successful and had a lot of runs as the champion, both in singles and tag team competitions. He even went on to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship belt and this prompted the WWE to bring forward plans for his television debut. He made his first appearance at a televised event for the WWE in 2007.
He has had various gimmicks in his relatively short career in the WWE but he has also been given the chance to hold various championships in the promotion and Cody Rhodes is one of the longest reigning WWE Intercontinental champions in the history of the promotion apart from being a tag team champion during his successful run as well.
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He might be 42 years old, but even then, Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC’s Light Heavyweight fighter Dan Henderson is still fighting at a level that is highly enviable and has won seven of the last eight fights he has had in the UFC. Moreover, he is also ready to fight for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt. So, after he was overlooked for the title shot in favor of Chael Sonnen, one can understand why he would be eager to take on his good friend if it were for a shot at the title.
Speaking to the media, Henderson stated that they compete in such a sport where sometimes, friends have to take on each other. However, he did state that the fight against Sonnen would not be one that he would ask for or want, but if Chael Sonnen won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and he had to defend the title and there is a chance that he has to be the one to take him, he will jump at the opportunity.
Henderson was scheduled to take on the reigning champion Jon Jones in a championship fight back in September 2012. However, after sustaining a freak knee injury, he had to withdraw from the match just eight days before it was scheduled which led to the entire card being cancelled eventually. And despite being the number one contender before being ruled out by injury, Henderson was overlooked in favor of Chael Sonnen by UFC president Dana White for a title fight.
Sonnen is coming off a loss to the reigning UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and hasn’t fought in the Light Heavyweight division since 2005. According to many people, he didn’t deserve the shot he got and it should have been given to Dan Henderson instead.
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