(A fella could get used to this. PicProps: MMAFix.com)
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 MMASucka.com 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 …
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."