Word of the inflammatory comments Frank Mir made about Brock Lesnar last week has finally gotten back to Dana White and the UFC. At this point in the company’s life cycle, perhaps the only thing that could truly destroy what they’ve built is a death in the Octagon, so it goes without saying that they weren’t too pleased when they heard the interview. In fact, they’ve released an official statement on Dana White’s behalf expressing his disappointment in Frank Mir.
“I was disappointed by Frank Mir’s comments,” said White. “Frank’s been with the UFC a long time, he’s a two-time heavyweight champion and a commentator for the WEC. 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.”
In a text to Carmichael Dave, Dana was a little more, shall we say, himself.
“Frank Mir is a fu**ing idiot! I have never heard something so unprofessional and idiotic in my life.”
While Dana has never made any psuedo death threats he has a long history of unprofessional rants and remarks, so it’s kinda funny hearing that from him, but I guess that’s besides the point. Frank Mir arguably crossed the line, though he regrets what he said and issued a formal apology to Brock, his family, the UFC and its fans.
“I would like to apologize to Brock Lesnar, his family, the UFC and the UFC fans for my stupid remarks,” said Mir. “I respect Brock, all the other fighters, and the sport of mixed martial arts. I’m sorry that I stepped out of line.”
Cagewriter grabbed the audio from the original interview if you missed it. It doesn’t sound as bad in the context of the interview as it looks in print, but it’s still a little much even for someone as outspoken as Frank Mir.
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