Frank Mir created a firestorm with some controversial comments he made recently in an interview with Mark Madden on WXDX radio. When asked about a potential rematch with UFC heavyweight champion, Mir took the trash talk a step too far.
“A lot of individuals are so worried about being politically correct,” Mir said. “I’d rather go ahead and say what’s on my mind than to sit there and come up with some PC, ‘Oh, the guy is a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him’. If I don’t mean it, why is it even coming out of my mouth? 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. That’s what’s going through my mind.
“He doesn’t like me and I can guarantee, you talk to anybody in my family, it’s a legitimate hate,” Mir continued of Lesnar. “His very being bugs me just because I’ve seen a lot of children out there who look to athletes and martial artists as role models, and it just makes me cringe. I sit there and go, ‘Man, I lost to this guy the second time around and now people think that’s the way to be, big, obnoxious and angry?’ That’s not right… I can tell you I truly do not like him as a person whatsoever.”
As we reported earlier, the comments upset UFC President Dana White, who exclaimed to Carmichael Dave of KHTK in Sacramento earlier today, “Mir is a [expletive] idiot! I have never heard something so unprofessional and idiotic in my life.”
Shortly after White’s interview, Carmichael Dave spoke with Mir’s wife Jennifer, who stated, “Frank will be making a statement this afternoon from the UFC headquarters. Frank is disturbed by the reaction to his comments regarding Brock Lesnar. Frank is a warrior and an ambassador for this sport. After his statement, he will not be speaking about Brock again, and will choose to instead focus on his next opponent, Shane Carwin.”
Frank Mir went on to apologize for his comments towards Lesnar today in a statement posted on UFC.com.
“I would like to apologize to Brock Lesnar, his family, the UFC and UFC fans for the stupid remarks,” Mir stated. “I respect Brock, all the other fighters, and the sport of mixed martial arts. I’m sorry that I stepped out of line.”
White re-affirmed that Mir won’t be making those types of comments again.
“Frank’s been with the UFC a long time, he’s a two-time heavyweight champion and a commentator for the WEC,” White stated. “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.”
Frank Mir will battle Shane Carwin at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The event is headlined by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending his title against top contender Dan Hardy.