Lately Frank Mir has been adopting a ‘shoot from the hip’ style of answering questions, stating that too many fighters are afraid to say what they really think.
It’s a style that’s not always made him the most popular fighter on the roster, but undoubtedly one of the most talked about. Unfortunately for the former heavyweight champion some of his recent comments regarding his arch-enemy Brock Lesnar last week appear to have crossed the line.
Speaking on WXDX Radio, Mir offered up the following remarks regarding the current champion.
“I want to fight Brock Lesnar. I hate who he is as a person. I want to break his neck in the ring. I want him to be the first person that dies to Octagon-related injuries.”
Needless to say the comments haven’t went down too well, and as the story has continued to take up headlines in recent days it’s become a situation that neither Mir nor the UFC could ignore.
In an attempt to draw a line under the matter, Mir today released an apology on the UFC’s website.
“I would like to apologize to Brock Lesnar, his family, the UFC and the UFC fans for my stupid remarks. I respect Brock, all the other fighters, and the sport of mixed martial arts. I’m sorry that I stepped out of line.”
UFC president Dana White also spoke out on the matter and condemned Mir for his remarks.
“I was disappointed by Frank Mir’s comments. Frank’s been with the UFC a long time, he’s a two-time heavyweight champion and a commentator for the WEC. I think his emotions are running high right now, he has a big fight coming up next month and he’s still upset about his loss to Lesnar. He’s been talked to, he regrets what he said, and he won’t be saying anything like that again.”
Shane Carwin, who Mir will fight for the interim belt at UFC 111 next month, has also offered his thoughts on the matter in an interview with MMAWeekly.
“I can tell you that ANY athlete wishing death upon a competitor is either a terrible human being or mentally unfit to fight. That type of talk and if it ever happened will take this sport backwards. Frank has been a part of the stone ages of MMA and it makes no sense why he would want or make comments that might damage a lot of the good he has participated in adding to this sport over the years.”
Mir was certainly out of line with his distasteful remarks at a time when MMA is trying to present itself in a responsible and positive manner, and be taken seriously as a legitimate sport around the world.
At the same time I hope that Mir doesn’t now become a shrinking violet in front of the media as he does often have an interesting point of view.
One things for sure though, this recent controversy has only added yet more fuel to the flames of a potential third meeting between Mir and Lesnar.