“When [Brock Lesnar] got sick it screwed up my training because he was such a driving force for me. I went into a depression for two to three days where I didn’t go to the gym, I got sick — I drove myself insane thinking we may possibly not fight again. I couldn’t live with that.”
—Frank Mir, via The Las Vegas Sun, expressing how badly he wants a rubber match with Brock Lesnar
Is Lesnar-Mir III really necessary? Eh, probably not, but it’s a huge fight for Mir’s career and he knows it. Seemingly every interview he’s done since Lesnar caved his head in at UFC 100, Mir has made the potential rubber match the focal point of the discussion. It’s a smart move on his part. Even though Mir won their first meeting, Lesnar didn’t leave too many questions about how a third fight would go. No one is asking for it, so if Mir wants it, he has to go out and get it.
That said, Mir has to get a few quality wins under his belt and that won’t be an easy task. If he’s as focused on Lesnar as it appears he is, he could very well look past one of them and then he’ll really have to something to feel sick about.
A few parting words from Frank’s father, Frank Mir Sr.:
“He’s always been a quiet kid, never one to boast about his ability,” said his father, Frank Sr. “He was content to be who he was. He wasn’t out there saying, ‘Look who I am, I can hurt you if I wanted to.’ He was just the opposite.”
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