(The secret to a good striking workout with Frank Mir? Tell him that the focus mitts called him chubby.)
After Brock Lesnar’s unfortunate UFC debut against Frank Mir you may be wondering whether we’ll see the same full-steam-ahead Lesnar that got himself kneebarred in the first encounter, or whether he’ll look to change it up for the heavyweight championship showdown at UFC 100. Well, as long as it’s up for debate, Mir would like to offer a suggestion via an email sent out by the UFC. It goes a little something like this:
"If Brock really comes out and tries to abandon the running at me, heads over heels and just trying to knock, bull rush me over, I honestly think that’s his best approach," said Mir, with a black shine circling his eye. "I would just come after me – take a chance, ’cause to sit there and play the cat and mouse game with me, and jab and slip and move around, I think that’s a slow death for him that he can’t possibly win."
Here’s where we get into some fun with pre-fight psychological warfare, kids. Is Mir suggesting that Lesnar rush him because that’s the attack he’s most equipped to counter, and the one he’s expecting? Or is he saying that Lesnar couldn’t possibly hang with him in a toe-to-toe boxing match because he’s relying on the power of Lesnar’s ego to make him do exactly that, effectively negating his own strength and size advantage? Or, to offer a third possibility, is Mir just being a dick?
I honestly don’t know. But if Mir manages to defeat Lesnar in convincing fashion thanks to the power of his brain and the purity of his love for martial arts, he may well earn himself the title of Comeback Fighter of the Century. There’s a glass trophy involved. And a Toyota Prius.