Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir has been in the news a lot recently, not because of his actions inside the octagon, but rather his actions outside of it. A few days after claiming Fedor is ducking top competition, Mir spoke with Raw Vegas TV about potential fights with Randy Couture and Anderson Silva, Joe Rogan’s comments during the UFC 102 broadcast and Fedor. Again.
When asked if he would be interested in a fight with Randy Couture, Mir had said, “I look up to him and I have a certain viciousness to the way I fight. I don’t know if I could go into the cage with the same kind of viciousness against Randy. I have so much respect for him. I think he’s a hero. I look up to him in a lot of ways.”
Mir also expressed his displeasure with Joe Rogan’s comments during UFC 102. “Rogan’s making excuses for certain fighters, for why they performed badly. Every fighter has reasons we don’t perform at 100%. As fans, we don’t want to hear heroes and warriors complain that they almost died of staph. I think that’s pretty sad and pathetic.”
The former champ also lobbied for a third fight with current champ Brock Lesnar.
“We’re 1-1 against each other,” he noted. “He had a lack of experience our first fight, and I was able to capitalize on that. In the second fight, he was smarter than me. He made up a lot of ground on technique and while he’s not more technical than I am, he was able to learn enough technique to take advantage of his athletic ability. He made more improvements than I did. He beat me fair and square. The next time we fight each other I can improve upon why I lost last time.”
Later, Mir once again chimed in on Fedor’s decision to sign with Strikeforce instead of the UFC and Fedor’s claim that he has nothing left to prove.
“His management team, I think, is the reason he can’t do what he wants to do. I think everybody, every morning should wake up with something to prove. The minute you think you don’t think you have something to prove, retire, go home and disappear.”
Mir also discussed a potential fight with pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva sometime down the road, stating, “Anderson Silva is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I would have a size advantage on him, but I’d want to fight him with a lot of skill. I want to be in the octagon with him. Some of the things he does seems like they’re being scripted, they’re so unbelievable. I would love to be able to face him.”
Frank Mir is looking to throw his hat back in contention as he faces Cheick Kongo at UFC 107 on December 12, 2009.