Roy Nelson definitely wasn’t Frank Mir’s first choice for his next fight. As he tells FightHubTV and Yahoo! Sports, they run in the same circles in Vegas and a win won’t propel him to a title shot despite being a tough fight.
“At first, I kind of struggled with it a little bit mentally,” he said. “But Giffy [striking coach Jimmy Gifford] and I were talking about it and, honestly, I’m sure Roy in training hits more people than he does in the fights. We’re in the gym a lot more hitting and practicing than in the fight itself, and all the people I train with are people I eat dinner with afterwards. And they hang out at my home or play video games with [me].”
“He was coming off a loss, so I didn’t think of it as a future fight since I was coming off a win,” Mir added. “All the other things were reasons to avoid it – not because Roy and I can’t be professionals, but a lot of people who were around us are in the same social group, being married to friends and having to compete.
“I’ve known Roy for about 10 years, and we’re friends. We’re very cordial in the gym, have lots of mutual friends. But I’ve never been to Roy’s house and he’s never been to mine.”
Mir didn’t specifically name who he would have rather fought, but another fight he’s not interested in right now is a rubber match with Brock Lesnar. If Brock becomes a dominant force again, he’s in he says, but otherwise, he doesn’t want to fight Lesnar when he’s not at the top of his game.