Frank Mir. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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.
Next entry: Jorge Rivera is Contemplating Retiring Soon
Previous entry: Video: UFC 97 In-Depth Preview