And according to UFC president Dana White, it took "not much" convincing to get Mir to take the fight.
"It makes all the sense in the world when you really think about it," White said Thursday after a news conference for Saturday's UFC on FOX 4 event in Los Angeles. "Mir just lost. Who's had more title shots for the heavyweight division in the UFC than Frank Mir? This guy's been with the company for 11 years.
"For him to get the opportunity to go fight Cormier, and Cormier to have the opportunity to fight Mir, it really does make sense. If Cormier smokes Mir, or the other way around, it's good stuff."
Cormier, after a fairly lengthy layoff with a broken hand, in May beat Josh Barnett in a dominant unanimous decision to win Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix.
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