Big weekend for the Mir’s

UFC's Frank, and cousin, Larry participate in Las Vegas-based bouts

It’s a big fight weekend for Las Vegas’ Mir family.

UFC veteran and former heavyweight champ Frank Mir tries to secure his spot amongst the 265-pound title contenders when he takes on fellow Las Vegan Roy Nelson Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 130 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

First up is Mir’s cousin, Larry Mir, who faces Chris Barden in a featherweight grudge match as Tuff-N-Uff (the Las Vegas-based amateur mixed martial arts promotion) moves from its regular home at The Orleans to Cox Pavilion for the first time tonight.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show — which also features a middleweight title bout between Ben Sergent and champion Edmond Xhelili — are priced at $23, $28, $38 and $55 and can be purchased by calling (702) 739-FANS or visiting

Much like Frank, Larry Mir isn’t afraid to bite his tongue.

“I really believe that Chris is in over his head,” said Mir in a Tuff-N-Uff interview, of Barden — who knocked out Mir’s teammate Justin Vadnais in his last fight.

“This is his second fight and my sixth. I’m getting better every time. I see a lot of holes in his game. I really don’t think that in the amount of time he has had is enough time to correct his bad habits.”