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Suddenly Disinterested in Third Lesnar Fight, Frank Mir Suspiciously Complementary of Brendan Schaub

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Don’t know about you, but a world where Frank Mir no longer harbors troubling fantasies about murdering Brock Lesnar inside the cage is a world I’m not terribly psyched about. Like death, taxes and Phil Baroni constantly tweeting inspirational sayings (Seriously. Fucking constantly.) I thought Mir’s unhealthy and unquenchable blood feud with Lesnar was one of the only things I could really count on about our nation’s increasingly unstable future. Not so apparently, as Mir allegedly tells something called this week that he no longer lusts after a fight with the recently dethroned Dark Lord.

"Honestly right now, probably (not),” Mir is quoted as saying on the topic of a third meeting with Lesnar. “Just because (in) the Carwin fight, (Lesnar) didn’t look all that spectacular. I think a lot of people might have thought that he lost that fight. And then the Velasquez fight, obviously. Velasquez made (Lesnar) basically shout ‘Stop, enough, enough!’ before he tapped due to strikes and that looked really bad."

Huh. Not sure where exactly Mir gets off suddenly turning his nose up at a guy because he didn’t look great in his most recent loss and/or most recent win. Seems like a classic throwing-stones-while-living-in-glass-houses situation. Anyway, Mir has apparently set his sights on what he considers a more deserving next opponent. Someone a little less, you know, big and dangerous …

Brendan Schaub looked very good against Gabriel Gonzaga,” Mir says. “That would be a fight, as far as trying to move forward to solidify myself for a title shot."

Now, at the risk of sounding too cynical I’m going to go ahead and suggest that Mir isn’t being totally on-the-level here. I’m going to posit the hypothesis that Mir’s reasons for targeting a fight with Schaub instead of signing up for Lesnar III are a bit more self-interested than he wants to let on. Frankly, Mir thinks he can beat Schaub – stylistically, it’s a great fight for him – whereas he’d certainly be an underdog in a re-rematch against Lesnar. So, another go-round with the giant NCCA wrestling champion who just lost the title? Or a bout against the 240-pound, striking-oriented “TUF” rookie coming off three consecutive sort of misleadingly dominant wins? That’s really not a choice at all, now is it?

Whereas a couple months back Mir cited his desire for a third fight with the big man as his main motivation for even staying at heavyweight, now he says he doesn’t want to do it just “for the sake of having a third fight.” He also sneered a bit in this interview at the idea of taking on Roy Nelson, since he’s also coming off a loss.

I ain’t saying no names, but somebody suddenly has a very high opinion of himself and his continued prospects at 265-pounds …

"Right now I’m coming a win off of Mirko (Cro Cop), I would maybe like to see me get another win and (Brock) himself redeem himself so that way it’s more relevant to the division,” Mir says. “Not just having the third fight for the sake of having the third fight. But having it to where it actually has some substance so that whoever wins will position themselves for a title shot. I think it has a lot more meaning that way."

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Shifty-Eyed Dog- November 11, 2010 at 8:06 am
I hate Mir, and would love to see him fight Nelson or Schaub, just so he can get his ass beat by someone he thinks is beneath him.

Hell, at this point Matt Mitrione, whom i also like, is looking better than Mir.

Just retire, douchebag.
Sudos KFC- November 10, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I too would love that
djp1988- November 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm
In a recent poll of Frank Mir's, Frank Mir is the greatest Frank Mir to ever Frank Mir.
ashkenaziTROLL- November 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm
mir needs a cruiserweight division like my people need dignity
edhedicus- November 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm
People, it's all fake now! Look at the media tour that Brown Pride idiot is on, Brock would have never done that. UFC set this up, and is setting up UFC's and Brocks biggest pay per view payday!
Brock walks through Nelson, Schaub, and then beats the dog crap out of B.P. You can all apologize when this happens....
logdog52- November 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm
I'd love to see Mir skip over Brock beat Schaub set himself up for another title shot (although it would take much more than beating Schaub) and then get mauled by Cain or JDS. That would be amazing. Nothing like watching Mir get completely outclassed!
RSparrow- November 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Well done.

I'd personally like to see Big Country knock the shit out of Mir.
DARKHORSE06- November 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm
I have Schaub as #1 on my most hated fighters list, the guy is just a fucking douchebag...and remember that lame ass thumb across the neck thing he did on TUF? Fag.

Im a huge Frank Mir fan, that guy has crawled back to the top of the heap dispite a shitload of setbacks.

He needs to fight somebody people give a shit about...I'd rather see him fight Matt Mitrione.

Or how about a buffed up and reinvigorated Tim Sylvia?

Come on Dana make it happen!...Somehow.
Gener- November 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Mir is no longer a title contender so why not have him put a Kongo-like ego obliteration on Schaub's delusional behind....

Meanwhile, Brock and Big Country should have a Mullet vs. Beard match. Loser gets the clippers right there in the Octagon....

Sudos KFC- November 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Mr_Misanthropy- November 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm
Phil- remember when we were at the beach, and you looked behind you and you only saw one set of footprints in the sand? That's because I was carrying you!
RSparrow- November 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm
I don't know if it's normal, but thinking about the Mir and Cro-Cop fight makes me angry.

Then I start thinking about Mir's super slow punches and douchebaggery.

This guy is never going to be champion. I repeat, this guy is NEVER going to be champion.
Borlaug- November 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

I don't hate Mir, I'm actually a big fan of his. I've always found his fight analysis insightful. I'm also just being honest when I say he's wrong when he implies he's closer to the top than Brock. His victory over Cro cop was less impressive than Brock's loss to Cain.
danomite- November 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm
we hate Mir because he is a cocky douche and most of us here hate cocky douches.

personally, i'd like to see Mir fight a grizzly bear, or maybe play a game of chicken with a steamroller, but unfortunately I'm not Joe Silva.
doowm- November 10, 2010 at 1:49 pm
nelson would beat him, brock would destroy him (again!), and schaub would win too! it's over frank, your time has come..(and gone)......DEAL W/ IT!
LOKI- November 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm
Makes sense to me. He did win his last fight and by KTFO at the end of the day that should still count for something.

Dos Santos who gets the next shot couldnt really finish CroCop, Mir did.

I really dont understand where all the Mir hate comes from. Is it because he thinks logically and wants 'big' fights when they would make the most sense to further his carrer? And will take a gimme when he can. The nerve!
imabigfan- November 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm
"Frankly, Mir..."

I see what you did there.
Borlaug- November 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Mir vs. Schaub sounds good to me, if for a completely different reason than Mir gives. Mir is clearly middle of the pack now* and hasn't earned a fight with a top level fighter like Brock**. Schaub is an up and comer, give him a hard task in Mir and see if he can rise to the challenge.

*Cro cop is done, barely squeeking out a victory against him pushes you down the ladder imo.

**I fucking hate Brock, but it's true.
Fedor Penn- November 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm
Mir is scared of Lesnar obviously and he shouldn't talk about Nelson because he may be coming off a lose but it's to JDS who is arguably the best heavyweight in the UFC. He called out Shaub because he is scared to face any top heavyweights.
fACE7biter- November 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Has Dana ever attempted or even mentioned signing Overeem? Because more and more he's starting to look like the best heavyweight in MMA currently.

The UFC is smart to avoid this fight just yet, if only because it might naturally become the only option for a #1 contender fight. Lets say Lesanr beats Nelson, Mir beats Schaub. With the current drought of quality heavyweights, and Carwin on the shelf, Mir Vs. Lesnar will be the only suitable match up. And hey, if Lesnar and Mir lose to Nelson and Schaub, they could still fight each other then. I say keep them separate for as long as possible.
SnakeJake- November 10, 2010 at 11:56 am
If Mir's head were a little bigger he could be Tito Ortiz's brother.
agentsmith- November 10, 2010 at 11:56 am
This is pretty smart of Mir. He may be coming off a KO win, but he knows he still needs to redeem himself after that shitshow. He needs an impressive win that will earn him back some fans, so Schaub makes much more sense than Brock does right now. Much better to wait until after both he and Brock pick up another win or two before setting up their rubber match, then fans will be much more interested (meaning more PPV buys), and there'll be a possible "winner gets title shot" angle.
DazedNConfused- November 10, 2010 at 11:47 am
Unless we can get Fedor and Overeem from Strikeforce, Cain will be kicking ass for 2+ years. And don't call me a Fedor Fanboy, with his speed and takedown defense, plus greasy hard hitting standup, I really only see him beating Cain, and well Overeem because he's a giant who knows how to knee and control smaller opponents, unlike someone we all know. Lesnar.
DazedNConfused- November 10, 2010 at 11:44 am
Mir has horrible takedown defense, if Mir and Lesnar fought again Lesnar would dominate him. If the UFC wants to continue the Lesnar hype train, Mir is the perfect opponent. He will lose in a dominating fashion and I can already hear Rogan and Goldie screaming "He's back, he looked great in this comeback, he seems uber motivated for the title again," little knowing that Lesnar will always suck against good strikers with Take Down Defense. Sadly Mir has none of that.

They'll probably go the Shaub vs Mir, Nelson vs. Lesner, winner fights winner route. Which is perfect for Lesnar, I mean he has a great chance of beating both and will most likely get another title shot after that. Those two fights, with a staredown between Mir and Lesnar (if they both win, hopefully) would be epic. Hell, Shaub vs. Lesnar would be a great selling fight as well since Shaub talked so much shit about Lesnars camp.

All in all, all 4 of these "competitors" have no real chance of beating Cain, or JDS for that matter (Lesnar possibly, but I doubt it).
Sho Nuff- November 10, 2010 at 11:41 am
Don't be scairt, homey.