Much attention has been paid lately to comments made by Frank Mir in an interview with Mark Madden, a radio DJ at Pittsburgh radio station WXDX. Mir showed just how much the UFC’s recovering heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, has gotten under his skin since their UFC 100 rematch. He went on a lengthy tirade about the champion that many think crossed the line when he said, “… 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.”
Of those who think that Octagon death threats cross the line is Mir’s next opponent, heavyweight Shane Carwin. Carwin issued a statement about Mir’s recent comments to MMABay.
“I did not see the interview so I can’t comment on what he said,” said Carwin. “I can tell you that any athlete wishing death upon a competitor is either a terrible human being or mentally unfit to fight.”
Carwin expressed surprise that a longtime ambassador of Mixed Martial Arts like Frank Mir would do something that could give fuel to the sport’s critics who find MMA fighting barbaric.
“That type of talk, and if it ever happened, will take this sport backwards. Frank has been a part of the stone ages of MMA and it makes no sense why he would want, or make comments that might damage a lot of the good he has participated in adding to this sport over the years.”
When Brock Lesnar was forced to the sidelines with a life-threatening case of the intestinal disease diverticulitis, Shane Carwin (who had been critical of Lesnar’s in-cage antics in the past) was very vocal in his support for the champion and wished him well on his road to recovery. Carwin again displayed that particular kind of class mixed with competitiveness that only a fighter can possess.
“Brock is a heel in the ring, but at home he is a human, husband, father, and friend to many. Wishing death or harm upon him doesn’t serve any purpose. I will do my best to make Frank’s dream of fighting Brock come true. Unfortunately for them it will be a three round fight as I plan on winning both of those belts.”
Carwin will square off against Mir at “UFC 111: St. Pierre Vs. Hardy” which is to be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on March 27.