How close was Frank Mir to catching Brock Lesnar at UFC 100? Well if you listen to Frank, you’d think he was seconds away from winning. I think Frank is looking back at that fight with swollen shut eyes.
Frank Mir spoke to the Las Vegas Review-Journal after the fight. “I basically was (within) a half-an-inch of catching him. I knew he was hurt, but he had good leverage, with my shoulder against the cage. I made a stupid mistake. When I stood up, and he’s screaming, it took me a few seconds to realize (what Lesnar was doing). ESPN showed him spitting and hollering. My children are looking. I’m shaking my head, pointing at my kids and going, ‘That’s not how you want to do it, guys. We’ll be cocky, especially before a fight, to help sell it. I didn’t degrade him [when I beat him at UFC 81] and say he was an idiot. There was no point to kick the guy while he was down. OK, I beat the guy. What, am I going to spit on you, too? If I can just nail that (weight) gap to even 10 pounds, it’ll be a different fight next time. Hopefully next time, I’ll show him how somebody is supposed to act in victory.”
All of the fallout following Lesnar’s win centered around Lesnar’s post-fight interview. As I said before, like it or not at least he kept it real. I would take a fighter keeping it honest than a guy who just got annihilated telling me he was within seconds of a win. Has Mir looked in the mirror lately?
I didn’t think Mir was in terrible danger in the first round. He did get some offense in on Lesnar momentarily in the second round. However, once Lesnar got him against the cage it was over. Lesnar had Mir trapped and there are no two ways about it. Not that I am a big Lesnar fan, but give the guy some credit at least for schooling you.
Thanks to MMA News.com for the quote.
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