It almost has nothing to commend it for and a lot to mark it as a veritable albatross around an MMA pugilist who doesn’t need any at this late in his career. We are talking about Frank Mir and his willful decision to look past his UFC 111 opponent, Shane Carwin, to some fantasized rematch with Brock Lesnar which may never happen. Plain stupid and strategically ill-advised if you ask us. Add to that the fairly recent interview in which Mir expressed a desire to see Lesnar be the first man to die from octagon-related injuries, and you have a string of faux pas that should be spread out over a fighter’s lifetime instead of 12 months.
Frank Mir – Risky Business
Mir’s missteps recall Brock Lesnar’s own public relations blunders which have only been mitigated by his convincing wins, but the truth of the matter is that his decision to play the braggadocious heel has put him on a slippery perch for the rest of his UFC career – something UFC stalwarts like Randy Couture have never had to put up with. Oh well, to each their own – Frank Mir included we guess.
Why Frank would wanna look past Shane Carwin, a guy who could bounce him off the octagon Brock-style, is probably a function of his mental state, which seems a bit catawampus lately. Anything can happen in this fight and for Frank to carry on like like his victory is fait accompli is to confuse his obsession with fantasies about dispatching dangerous opponents:
“There is just something inside me now that I can’t get rid of and it hurts all the time. It’s the dreams I have at night about Brock [Lesnar]. If I don’t get to go in there and physically hurt Brock, then I don’t know if I can live with myself. My stand up has been just steamrolling, better and better every fight. I boxed with Nogueira for seven minutes and Nogueira… I made him look silly. I caught Cheick Kongo, who is probably the best striker we have in the UFC, and I put him out in about a minute. I’m 265 lbs. now, and I’m quick and I’m skilled. Everything says in my heart and in my will that I won’t be denied. I have to have this. I want him [Shane Carwin] to know that he came in there full and strong and ready and I still took his heart out of his chest. He might hate Brock, but he don’t hate him as much as I do. That’s the difference of feeling the power that I will come out on top on UFC 111.” – Frank Mir (As quoted by the Bleacher Report)
The Distortive Rear View Mirror and the Albatross:
My stand up has been just steamrolling, better and better every fight. I boxed with Nogueira for seven minutes and Nogueira… I made him look silly.
Oh really? Google Frank Mir vs Nogueira to see just how silly Mir make Nogueira look. Distortive rear-view mirror look? You bet.
“I caught Cheick Kongo, who is probably the best striker we have in the UFC, and I put him out in about a minute.”
Oh really? Kongo is the best striker we have in the UFC? Frank needs to have his head examined. And bragging about his victory over Kongo is the last thing a man like Mir should be doing unless he is grabbing at emotional straws to bolster a frazzled ego. Kongo is a zero at this point in UFC. He took two long rounds to submit a hapless Buentello after countless takedowns he could not capitalize on. And the striking? Where was the best striker in the UFC that night? Frank kind of reminds us of that Foster Farms chicken impostor – all full of salt water and little else. And talking about which, he does look quite porked up. Look at his belly in that Noguiera video. Lean mass? What lean mass? You will see what lean mass looks like when he squares up against a granite block of a manhood named Shane Carwin.
“He might hate Brock, but he don’t hate him as much as I do. That’s the difference of feeling the power that I will come out on top on UFC 111.”
So Frank Mir’s motivation going into this fight is predicated on hatred of the man he lost to in UFC 100 back in July of 2009? (Note that George St. Pierre was also on that card against Thiago Alves.) What convoluted mental and emotional baggage – and one that belittles the significance of the man who is gonna be standing in front of him tonight. Our published prediction is that Mir will be shocked tonight and that experience will be ultimately good for exorcising the demons he has allowed to claim residence in his psyche.
Mir’s whole public spiel has been the figurative equivalent of putting a millstone around his own neck: The “death in the Octagon” remark when Lesnar was just over fighting a life threatening disease, the diss of Antonio Noguiera, the unwarranted celebration of his victory against Kongo and the looking past Shane Carwin who could turn out his headlights.
And while we have to admit that there are many unknowns around a hypothetical re-matching up of Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar, a Mir win against Shane Carwin tonight would not necessarily mean that Frank Mir has found a way to resolve the vulnerabilities that led to his being pummeled into a bloody mess by Brock Lesnar. For the record, we had predicted a Lesnar win against Carwin in the match-up planned before Lesnar’s illness. So beating a man who we predicted was gonna be beaten by Lesnar is no prediction of better prospects Mir’s future.
So all this yakking has done nothing for Mir except put the burden of performance on him. If you talk the talk …. You know the spiel. The other thing Mir’s yakking has done is to make Brock Lesnar almost look like a gentleman, an impressive feat given the trog antics that Lesnar put on full display at UFC 100.
As much as is possible, enjoy UFC 111. May the worst man lose. Yah get the drift. Good day.
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