On Friday, UFC president Dana White suggested he was leaning towards arranging a Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir III because he believed the heavyweight trilogy “made sense” – much to the chagrin of potential pay-per-view purchasers.
While the former professional wrestler and White may appear keen on the idea, the final cog in the equation wasn’t quite as thrilled to be facing his mortal enemy for a third time.
“I think I was under the same thought process as everyone else, I would probably fight the loser of [UFC 121]. Especially with it being Brock, it set up the rubber match,” Mir said on this week’s edition of HDNet’s Inside MMA. “The only problem with it was, his performance in that fight … I think if he would have done very well, I don’t think anyone would have looked at the Shane Carwin fight but [more than], ‘Yeah, it was close, but he just had a bad round.’
“I think after the Cain Velasquez fight, especially with him, I wasn’t there live, but from Dana and everybody else was saying that he verbally tapped. So the fact that it happened on strikes (GIGGLES as he looks over at Dan Henderson) … so I think that kinda hurt him a little bit.”
Mir rudely introduced the controversial wrestler to the Octagon by submitting him in the 1stRound at UFC 81. Lesnar violently returned the favor at UFC 100 when he steamrolled the former multi-time title holder for a 2ndRound TKO victory.
“I think he has a lot of potential to be a great fighter. I think he has a great wrestling base. As my boxing coach said, he needs to just spar. A lot. Like a thousand rounds and get over this, whatever fear he has of being punched in the face.
“Not that any of us clock in to work that day and hope that we eat a few shots, but at the same time, we’re not pulling out ‘Dancing with the Star’ moves to get out of the way.”
Courtesy of Lesnar’s WWE-like shenanigans following his mauling of Mir – which included a distasteful taunt, two flippings of the bird and dissing of a major corporate sponsor – generating hype for a trilogy shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Although they are knotted up a one apiece and Mir has dropped two of his last four fights, he believes Lesnar should have to work his way back up the totem pole before they can break their tie.
“I think he might have to go out and get another victory, just to kind of rebuild up some momentum to give a lot of credence to us fighting a third time,”Mir matter-of-factly stated.
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