Mike Dolce Says Frank Mir Could Drop Weight Classes to Light Heavyweight
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.06.2013
It could be good for him...
Weight-cut consultant Mike Dolce recently spoke with MMAjunkie about the possibility of Frank Mir dropping a weight class and more. Check out the highlights:
On whether Mir could fight at light heavyweight: "I would have to sit down with Frank, and we'd have to talk about it, and he'd have to talk to his family and things like that. What makes sense for him? Frank, he's a former UFC champion at heavyweight, so I'm not saying he needs to. Could he? Absolutely. Why not? ('The Ultimate Fighter 17' winner) Kelvin Gastelum just lost 35 pounds to weigh in at 170, and he went and competed at 194, the same exact weight he was when he won the middleweight title for 'TUF 17.' That's very important. We added muscle and lost body fat. He still competed at the same exact weight but with a brand new body. So with Frank, could we do it? I think so. If you're walking around at 250 pounds with more than 10 percent body fat, I think you could easily make 205 pounds."
On Johny Hendricks' success at dropping weight classes: "Johny Hendricks comes down from 215 to make 170, and look at what we've done: He's a No. 1 contender. Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson was 261 pounds when he went into camp to fight Lyoto Machida. It was a terrible matchup for 'Rampage' ... but Quinton went from 261 to 205 and beat Machida in a very tough and action-packed fight. So can you compete at a world-class level (despite the cut)? Absolutely. 'Rampage' was 15 to 20 pound heavier than Frank is right now. And 'Rampage' was not very fat. He has a lot of muscle, a thick-framed dude. He's 6-foot-2. He's a big, bad man. ... So I think Frank could make it."