As promised, the UFC and former champion Frank Mir have issued a joint statement on UFC.com regarding Mir’s comments about wanting Brock Lesnar to be the first Octagon casualty.
“I want to fight 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 due to Octagon-related injuries,” Mir told Mark Madden of WXDX in Pittsburgh.
The MMA media had a field day with Mir’s comments, which caused a stir with Dana White who called Mir an “idiot” for making a comment like that.
Thus the reason for today’s statement.
“I would like to apologize to Brock Lesnar, his family, the UFC and the UFC fans for my stupid remarks,” Mir said in the statement. “I respect Brock, all the other fighters, and the sport of mixed martial arts. I’m sorry that I stepped out of line.”
White also discussed his sentiments towards Mir’s comment saying, “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.”
Unlike Tiger Woods, Mir immediately took action and hopes to get all of this behind him as he looks to earn another crack at Lesnar. He’ll have to get past Shane Carwin at UFC 111 on March 27th to do so.