Of the many possibilities floating out there in the waning hours before UFC 100 is a sobering one: Frank Mir could get seriously hurt. Far from being idle speculation, this is a possibility that is more probable than the other way round; that is Brock Lesnar getting seriously hurt at the hands of Frank Mir. And as crass as it might sound, this is one eventuality book-makers may be willing to put some money on.
“My striking’s not bad either,” he said. “That’s a big SOB (Lesnar weighed in at 265 but will be rehydrated to around 280 at fight time; Mir weighed in at 245). Those are big canned hams coming at your head. I don’t care how good you are. That’s a lot of man and a lot of strength to go toe-to-toe with. You’ve got to try to tie him up and get inside his punches to deal with him. I still think it’s a bad idea no matter how good you are to just stand in front of a guy that big.” (Randy Couture to Mike Chiappeta, MMA Fan House)
So the caveat for Frank Mir as he steps into that octagon is to be careful (as much as a fighter who is trying to blow another fighter’s head off can be.) In this connection the standing advice to the referee would be to be as on top of the fight as Steve Mazzagati was on the last one. The only fact mitigating this doomsday scenario is Brock Lesnar’s relative inability to fully deploy his brutish strength. But even with that, he is still a freak of nature that relatively weaker fighters need to look out for.
Just a few final thoughts in these, the waning hours before UFC 100.
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