Isn't it wild what a win will do for you? Riding a four-fight losing streak and facing what effectively amounted to a win-or-retire match against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC Fight Night 61, former heavyweight champion Frank Mir survived to live another day, toppling the Brazilian giant in less than two minutes this past Sunday to stave off retirement and score his first victory in over three years.
Now he's already planning his next move.
According to manager Malki Kawa, Mir, 35, hopes to compete at least twice more in 2015, and if all plays out right, ideally one of those fights would be a trilogy match against Mir's old rival, former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.
MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported the news on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight.
A decorated two-time UFC heavyweight champion, Mir (17-9) has captured a myriad of records throughout his 15-year tenure inside the Octagon, including most heavyweight wins (15), most heavyweight fights (24), most heavyweight finishes (12), and most heavyweight submissions (8).
Mir and Lesnar, of course, also share quite a history. Back in 2008, Mir served as the welcome party for Lesnar's UFC debut, tapping the wrestler with a first-round kneebar at UFC 81. Lesnar got his revenge 17 months later though, brutally beating Mir en route to a second-round TKO stoppage in a bout that ultimately cemented Lesnar as a legitimate threat in MMA's heavyweight division.
Since then the two have largely gone their separate ways, with Mir continuing to contend in the UFC, while Lesnar returned to WWE stardom following a back-to-back losses and a crippling battle with diverticulitis. Lesnar, however, will reportedly reach the end of his WWE contract after headlining Wrestlemania 31 on March 29, and should the 37-year-old want to give another shot at MMA, Mir would "absolutely" be down to settle their stalemate.
"If Brock Lesnar decides to come back, [I would] welcome him back," Mir said recently at UFC Fight Night 61's post-fight press conference.
"I think it would be a huge, big fight. I think it's something that would catapult my name even higher up. I mean, a rubber match between the two of us would be a phenomenal fight."