Frank Mir to Cro Cop: I Have “Built-In” Excuses Too

Written by Tom Ngo
September 15th, 2010

Former UFC Heavyweight Champ Frank Mir

Frank Mir would personally like to thank Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic for agreeing to fight him on short notice at UFC 119. Courtesy of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s abrupt exit stage left, Mir was afforded the opportunity to kick it with Micky Mouse and Co. for a few days.

Shortly after submitting Pat Barry with a 3rdRound rear-naked choke at UFC 115 in mid-June, Cro Cop accepted the challenge of meeting Mir on September 25th. Moments after that, the Croatian came up with a slew of reasons as to why his last-minute status will adversely affect his performance inside the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.

If CC is worried the three-month turnaround isn’t enough time to prepare, no worries because Mir has opted to level the playing field.

“What I did to eliminate that was I went to Disneyland and hung out and I have taken some time off,” Mir sarcastically told Raw Vegas TV. “I have continued not to train as hard as I think I should. That way, by the time we walk into the Octagon, I can say that I am not as prepared either.

“Don’t worry about it Cro Cop, I’m not training that hard. It will be fair. That way he can come out there at less than 100%, I will show up at less than 100% and still go out there and submit him in the 1stRound.”

Understanding you haven’t gone into the 3rdRound in your last nine outings, shouldn’t you still prepare to go extended minutes just in case the battle turns into a war?

“Normally I take fights extremely serious and make sure that I am in good shape, but hearing that he already had his excuses ‘built in’ I didn’t want to not have mine,” Mir facetiously stated.

The Gambling Gods have professed that a sub-par Mir will be a 2.5-to-1 favorite against a sub-par Filipovic. However, they didn’t specify whether it would be via “sub-mission.”

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