First of all, it is clear, upon closer analysis, that the Shane Carwin pummeling and loss did a major number on Frank – a big part of which had to do with the way he set himself up going into this fight (physically, mentally and emotionally) on top of the Lesnar/UFC public relations albatross he hung around his own neck. The fact of the matter – if you analyze the language, body and otherwise – is that he is devastated and not yet out of the woods on this one. Think Rashad Evans after Machida – but with the detritus of his pre-fight antics still in the air. Mir is ultra subdued and this picture is worth a thousand words.
The fact that it took him this long to even talk about his UFC 111 loss speaks volumes about the wallop he took from it. But the humility, whether enforced or not, is a tad more becoming than the unmoored smack-talking before the fight. In certain ways it hacks back to the man Frank Mir could be – the man we praised in the pre-UFC 81 article here. But that is were the commendable stuff ends.
Everything else in this short interview makes little sense. Take your time. Listen to it and then come back. If his breakdown of the fight doesn’t leave you scratching your head, then we don’t know what will. Is the man we once thought of as one of the most cerebral in the octagon a one trick pony reduced to learning one thing per fight?
It became a problem of over-training for one aspect. I was so obsessed with not being taken down . You can see when he shot on me I was so appeased with myself, I said look you can’t take me down. You are an excellent wrestler and I think I was just celebrating mentally saying hey look, I can avoid the takedown. I have improved my game. I forgot about being punched in the face. (Frank Mir to David Stanford, Edmonton, Canada, MMACanada.Net)
A stunning revelation considering that Frank had had to move his head out of the way a couple of times after being hit with sneaky rights in the clinch position. Unbelievable. We think Frank was just talking off the cuff and trying his loquacious best explain away a fight in which he did most things wrong. He cannot win if he goes into fights with one plan and fails to adapt on the fly. He should have realized the danger he was in when Carwin kept roughing up his knees and pummeling his face with sneaky rights in the clinch position. The ultra-relaxed demeanor is what partly got him in trouble when he found himself underneath a hyper-aggressive Brock Lesnar at UFC 100. What gives here? Never let them see you sweat? Sheesh!
Is the big revelation of the interview that he cannot win as a “muscle-head”, and need to take more of his chances as a tactical fighter? Sorry. Been tried before – and by a fighter who is perhaps a better all-round heavyweight than him: Randy Couture. And he fared only marginally better. Ditto the Texas Crazy Horse. Our conclusion? Interviews are not gonna help Frank Mir in the interim. A better PR strategy would be to remain mum and let his fists do all the talking – but that would be like asking Frank to quit gabbing without the benefit of a rehabilitatory half-way house.
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