Frank Mir Says Rubber Match With Brock Lesnar Would be a “Huge, Big Fight”
By FCF Staff
Now that Frank Mir has ensured he remains on the UFC’s roster, by taking out “Bigfoot” Silva on Sunday night, the former heavyweight champ says he’s interested in facing an old foe.
After Mir’s first round, stoppage win over Silva at UFC FN 61, the decorated fighter was asked about the possibility of facing Brock Lesnar for a third time. Lesnar hasn’t publicly said he plans to return to the UFC, but there continues to be speculation as to whether the heavyweight might, since his WWE contract is reportedly ending soon.
“Absolutely. I think it would be a huge, big fight,” Mir said at the event’s post fight press conference. “I think it’s something that would catapult my name even higher up. I think a rubber match between the two of us would be a phenomenal fight. To keep that anywhere in the works, I had to get a win tonight. I really just kept it in the back of my mind, honestly, it wasn’t like ‘I’m going to win this to fight Brock’, I was like man, I need to win this so that I can keep my job, or my wife’s not going to let me go to the gym any more. It’s not going to pay the bills. I’m going to have to go find a nine-to-five.”
Mir welcomed Lesnar to the UFC in 2008, and took out the powerful fighter with an opening round, knee bar. In their 2009 rematch, however, Lesnar stopped Mir in the second round.
While it remains to be seen what unfolds with Lesnar, WWE commentator Jim Ross recently reported that sources believe the former UFC champ is leaning against a return to MMA.
Mir’s win on Sunday, which came via a left hook and follow up strikes, ended the 35 year-old’s four fight losing streak.