Hatim: Mir will not surprise Arlovski

Andrei Arlovski's Muay Thai coach Said Hatim has insisted that the former UFC heavyweight champion will not be caught off guard during his fight against Frank Mir at UFC 191 on September 5.

Hatim said that he has been impressed with Mir's preparation for the fight, but added that Arlovski is ready for anything Mir will throw at him. 

"Mir is definitely learning new tricks," Hatim told FOX Sports. "He's producing new techniques in the stand-up and doing very well. He's adding a lot of great stuff – a lot of movement, a lot of switching. For example, he's not a Southpaw anymore. He's switching to the righty position. 

"He's doing the right thing, you know, but we're ready for all that. Andrei has a lot of advantages over Mir, here. Nothing is going to be a surprise to us."

Hatim add that he was not disappointed about Arlovski missing out on the chance to face heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum even though UFC president Dana White said that the 36-year-old Belarusian or Stipe Miocic would be next in line for a title shot. 

Instead, White gave Cain Velasquez a chance to win back his heavyweight title and scheduled a fight between Miocic and Ben Rothwell. 

"We're definitely not upset at him not getting the title shot," Hatim said. "We want him to keep winning and keep trusting himself and believing in himself. We don't make decisions. We just get a call like anybody else. Who knows who he'll ever fight next?

"You know how that goes, that's his job. To make a living you've got to get up and go fight. You can't wait on someone because of a belt. There's no such thing as that. He had the belt before, he's climbing to it.

"He's in the top four. It's hard to do. He's worked hard, already. He's been on the top, he's been on the bottom, he's been on the top again. We'll work it out."

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