Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Report: Mir vs. McCully at UFC 86

Originally Posted by Staff [mmajunkie-staff] on Apr 02, 2008 at 10:06 am in

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Heavyweights Frank Mir (11-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and Justin McCully (8-3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will meet at UFC 86, an event that features a title fight between 205-pound champ Quinton Jackson and Forrest Griffin on July 5 in Las Vegas.

The report comes from, citing sources close to both fighters.

Mir is riding high after a come-from-behind victory over Brock Lesnar in February. McCully, meanwhile, will return from injuries and fight in the octagon for the first time since his successful UFC debut nearly a year ago.

Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champion, earned co-main-event status during his UFC 81 fight with former NCAA Division I wrestling champion and WWE performer Lesnar. On the verge of suffering a TKO early in the fight, Mir got a break when Lesnar was deducted a point for blows to the back of the head. Lesnar continued to deliver brutal strikes, but Mir survived to slap on a fight-ending kneebar just 90 seconds into the fight.

Mir, who suffered a devastating motorcycle accident in 2004, picked up his second straight victory and his third win in his past four fights.

With his victory over Antoni Hardonk a year ago, McCully, a member of Tito Ortiz's Team Punishment, is now 3-0 since returning to MMA after a three-year break from the sport. He has a four-fight win streak and has won five of his past six fights overall.

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