Frank Mir

Quote of the Day: Mir Wouldn’t Mind Coaching Lesnar in the Future

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“Three or four years from now, if I decide to switch over into full time coaching, I would like to coach Brock,” said Mir. “I see a lot of things that he’s done in his last couple of fights that I think are mistakes that are not really his fault, they’re maybe his trainer’s faults. How can he be so talented, an NCAA champion, probably one of the best wrestlers to come out of college in the heavyweight division, and still make some of the real basic balancing and footwork mistakes that he’s making right now?”

— Interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir tells MMA Weekly that he would be interested in potentially coaching Brock Lesnar, his opponent in the main event of UFC 100 this July.

For what it’s worth, Mir is right. In all four of Lesnar’s professional fights, he’s shown multiple basic mistakes. Then again, we have to remember that he’s just getting started in the sport. It will take him years before he can be considered anywhere near a complete fighter.

What bothers me here is the fact that Mir is pointing these things out in regards to Lesnar even though he makes the same exact errors himself during fights. I really hope he’s not letting the win over an obviously less than 100% Nogueira go to his head…

Mir Continues to Prepare for Lesnar Rematch

In the above video courtesy of Raw Vegas, interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir discusses his upcoming title unification rematch against fellow champ Brock Lesnar, which takes place at UFC 100 on July 11 in Las Vegas.

In addition to the Lesnar fight, Mir also talks about his strategy going into his December win over former PRIDE star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and why he would like a chance to eventually fight perennial heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko.

Not Everyone is Happy With Mir’s Commentary

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Especially Jordan Breen:

In case your TiVo exploded, here’s a recap: Mir, routinely celebrated as a stellar technical analyst, ignores any and all offense from Joseph Benavidez and Takeya Mizugaki in otherwise brilliant fights while butchering the names of any and all brave enough to step into the cage with the UFC’s interim heavyweight champ on the mic (though I suspect Jameel Massouh may be used to it.)

Along the way, Mir confused grappling legend Saulo Ribeiro, who has no recollection of giving Jeff Curran his BJJ black belt (see: Pedro Sauer), before leaping into the cage during the main event to give Miguel Torres a sponge bath between the third and fourth rounds, though it may be hard to imagine why MMA’s bantamweight king would have needed one. According to Mir, he didn’t have to break a sweat over his 25-minute war with Mizugaki.

I’ve noticed Mir’s continual mistakes during WEC broadcasts long before Sunday night… so much so, that I essentially zoned him out during the Torres-Mizugaki fight. His bias towards fighters that he enjoys watching - Torres, Urijah Faber, and Jeff Curran for starters - is extremely clear and ultimately his biggest fault as a color commentator.

It’s one thing to point out a fighter’s strengths and assets, but to do it over and over again is tiring to listen to. And doing it to the point where it’s starting to blind your view of how a fight is going is when it has to stop, for both Mir and his listeners’ sake.

Sunday night obviously wasn’t Mir’s best performance, but it hasn’t destroyed his reputation. His past work still makes him one of the better commentators out there, at least in my opinion. Maybe Jens Pulver stepping in for Mir while he is training for a fight and vice versa could be the answer for the WEC’s color woes.

Round 5 Releases Series 3 Model Photos

Andrei Arlovski. Photo courtesy of Round 5 MMA.

Round 5, an uber-popular company currently putting out collectible MMA figurines, has released a series of photos promoting their third series of figures, which are currently slated for public release in May. UFC champions Frank Mir, Andrei Arlovski, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as referee “Big” John McCarthy will be featured in the latest series. Additional photos are after the jump.


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UFC 94 Notes: Penn Set to File Complaint With NSAC Over GSP Greasing

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If you thought that the war between Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn was over, think again. Penn’s camp has informed that they intend to file a formal complaint with the Nevada State Athletic Commission after officials spotted one of St. Pierre’s cornermen allegedly rubbed Vaseline on his back in between the first and second and then the second and third rounds.

“We are not trying to make excuses, but the NSAC needs to protect the fighters,” Penn told via text message. “They never notified us or completely wiped his back with water and towels.”

Various reports are circulating that following the conclusion of the first round, Phil Nurse, who has been working St. Pierre’s corner for a number of years, was caught by someone sitting at ringside rubbing Vaseline on St. Pierre’s back and shoulders. It has yet to be confirmed that this person was former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, but “The Iceman” was the first to inform UFC President Dana White of the incident after the conclusion of the fight, which St. Pierre won via fourth-round doctor’s stoppage.

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Mir, McCarthy Tapped for Next Series of Round 5 Figures

Frank Mir and “Big” John McCarthy. Image courtesy of Round 5.


MARKHAM, ONTARIO, CANADA - Mixed martial arts stars Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski, “Big” John McCarthy, Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira will be featured in Round 5?s Series 3 of mixed martial arts collectible figures, it was announced today by Round 5 C.E.O. Barron Lau and President Damon Lau. Series 3 figures are projected to be available at retail outlets throughout North America and online at beginning in April.

The Series 3 figurines follow successful launches of the first two series in April 2008 and November 2008, respectively, which featured eight MMA fan favorites. Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz comprised Series 1 while Rich Franklin, Sean Sherk, Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva were released in Series 2.

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Afternoon Notes: Mir-Lesnar II News, Goulet-McCrory Proposed & More

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- A planned middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites might not be the only championship bout at UFC 97. Fighters Only Magazine is quoting UFC President Dana White as saying that the heavyweight title unification rematch between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir could take place in April, which is when the UFC plans to return to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the second time in the last two years. “Mir took little damage in his fight with Nog, and Lesnar wants to fight him soon, so April may be the time and place for that,” White said.

- Canadian welterweight Jonathan Goulet has told that he has been offered a fight against Tamdan McCrory for April’s UFC 97 event also, but will be unable to accept the bout until Thursday at the earliest due to medical clearance needed to begin training again after injuring his right knee in his recent loss to Mike Swick at the UFC’s “Fight for the Troops” event in December. McCrory is coming off a loss as well - He fell to Dustin Hazelett via submission at UFC 91. Keep in mind thought that the UFC has yet to secure a date at the Bell Centre because of the Montreal Canadiens’ pending playoff schedule.

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ESPN MMA Live’s Recap of UFC 92

From ESPN, here’s this week’s installment of MMA Live with Jon Anik, Franklin McNeil, and Kenny Florian.  Also joining the crew are newly crowned UFC champions, Frank Mir and Rashad Evans.

Jackson, Silva Set for Different Paths in UFC’s Light Heavyweight Division

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A fourth fight between longtime rivals Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva will likely not be taking place anytime soon after Jackson avenged two prior losses against Silva by knocking out the former PRIDE middleweight title holder in one of the featured bouts at Saturday night’s UFC 92 event in Las Vegas.

UFC President Dana White shed some light concerning future fights for the two veterans at the post-fight press conference for UFC 92. According to White, Jackson could end up being the challenger in Rashad Evans’ first light heavyweight title defense at some point next year.

Jackson however, seems to be more interested in a rematch with Forrest Griffin, who defeated Jackson via an unanimous, albeit somewhat controversial, decision following their stints as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show in July.

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Evans, Mir Steal Belts at UFC 92

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Rashad Evans scored a third-round stoppage of fellow “Ultimate Fighter” winner Forrest Griffin to claim the UFC light heavyweight title while Frank Mir put on the best performance of his career in defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to recapture a piece of the UFC heavyweight belt that he once owned at UFC 92.

Evans came into his showdown with Griffin as an extremely slight underdog and the first two rounds of the bout were just as close. Both fighters connected with a mix of punches and kicks with great frequency, but Griffin likely escaped the first ten minutes with an edge on the judge’s scorecards.

A combination of a slip and a grazing right hand from Evans caused Griffin to fall to the canvas at the start of the third round. Evans, a former collegiate wrestler at Michigan State University, pounced on Griffin and landed some punches until the champion was able to tighten things up on the ground.

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