The war of words continues between Frank Mir (12-3) and Brock Lesnar (3-1) as they get ready to step in the cage for their title unification bout at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mir recently talked to MMAWeekly, and stated that “I’m a martial artist; he’s a professional fighter. He fights because he gets paid to fight. If the UFC were to go bankrupt tomorrow, a month later I would still be in some small organization fighting. Not because I need to; my house is paid off, my cars are paid; I don’t need the money as far as desperately.
“I fight because I enjoy fighting. I enjoy the preparation and the training and the mindset, everything that goes behind it. I don’t know if we can say the same about Lesnar. If Lesnar was making $10,000, would he show up to fight?”
Mir goes on to note that he sees faults in Lesnar’s game and even talked about one day coaching Lesnar, albeit in a back-handed way. “Three or four years from now, if I decide to switch over into full time coaching, I would like to coach Brock. I see a lot of things that he’s done in his last couple of fights that I think are mistakes that are not really his fault, they’re maybe his trainer’s faults. How can he be so talented, an NCAA champion, probably one of the best wrestlers to come out of college in the heavyweight division, and still make some of the real basic balancing and footwork mistakes that he’s making right now?”
Mir had defeated Lesnar in Lesnar’s UFC debut at UFC 81: Breaking Point on February 2, 2008. At the time, Lesnar’s MMA record was 1-0. Since then, Lesnar has secured victories over Heath Herring and Randy Couture – whom he defeated for the UFC heavyweight championship.