Touching on everything from fighting Brock Lesnar a third time to his commentating duties for the WEC, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir met with fans yesterday during a visit to the city's southwest.
Nearly two dozen people were already lined up outside Naturally Fit in Avenida when Mir arrived for an afternoon autograph session followed by a question and answer period with the public.
One of the more well-spoken fighters in mixed martial arts, the 30-year-old Las Vegas native said he looks forward to one day fighting Brock Lesnar again after losing a UFC heavyweight title bout to him in July.
Mir, who stands 6-ft.-2 and weighs 245 lbs., submitted Lesnar -- who's 6-ft.3 and 265 lb. -- in their first meeting, however, setting the stage for a rubber match.
Before that can happen, Mir is set to face a formidable opponent at UFC 107 Dec. 12, his first step on the path back to the championship. But that's not the ultimate goal.
"I'm going to fight Cheick Kongo and (Lesnar) is going to fight Shane Carwin," he said. "And I kind of have a feeling that Shane Carwin is going to smash (Lesnar) then that will be sooner that I can fight (Lesnar) because I could care less about the title, I just want to beat his ass."
Looking at tonight's main events on the UFC 103 card, Mir said he thinks experience will help Mirko Cro Cop prevail over Junior Dos Santos, while the co-main event between Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort is too close to call.
"It's tough, Cro Cop is hard guy to get a gauge on because he has that great left kick," he said. "Dos Santos has some great hands but I just have to go with Cro Cop due to the experience."
Also a commentator for World Extreme Cagefighting, Mir said he tries to educate people about the sport when he's calling fights.
"One of the best compliments I get is 'my grandmother now watches it because when she heard you commentating she understands what's going on' and I love that because it means I'm able to get somebody interested in (MMA) that didn't want to be," he said.
Mir is holding a second meet-and-greet for fans at 2 p.m. today at Naturally Fit, 220, 11 McKenzie Towne Ave. S.E.