Frank Mir hurt, out of UFC 98 bout with Brock Lesnar
- 03-06-2009, 07:39 PM
Frank Mir hurt, out of UFC 98 bout with Brock Lesnar
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One day before UFC 96 kicks off with a main event that has sparked minimal interest, the organization may be losing a main event bout that was already heavily anticipated.
According to a report at Fiveouncesofpain.com, UFC interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 98 main event bout with UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar.
The report originally referred to a back injury, but now cites a knee injury that required surgery as the culprit for the change.
The surgery will reportedly sideline Mir for four to six weeks.
Attempts by MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) to reach Mir for confirmation of the report were unsuccessful.
"UFC 98: Lesnar vs. Mir 2" was officially announced by the organization earlier this week. Tickets for the May 23 event are scheduled to go on sale to the general public Saturday.
Mir, who lives and trains in Las Vegas, is currently in Columbus, Ohio. The interim champion was originally scheduled to take part in the UFC's Fight Club Q&A session prior to the "UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine" weigh-ins, but he was replaced by former welterweight champion Matt Hughes.
Sources close to Mir indicated to MMAjunkie.com that the 29-year-old was still in training for the bout with Lesnar less than one week ago. It is currently unknown if the UFC will seek a replacement for Mir on the card.
Mir last saw action in December 2008 with a second-round TKO of then-interim-champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Ironically, there were several reports of a possible severe back injury in the days preceding the bout. Following his win, Mir told TAGG Radio (TAGG Radio Network - Home of TAGG Radio & The Lights Out Show!), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com, that he was happy to help the false reports proliferate.
"Every fighter gets injured a lot during training camps," Mir said. "One thing I've learned not to do is – I don't really give any validity to my injuries. Some of my injuries are fake. I've faked a few injuries in the past but not to pull out of fights or anything. It's just there a lot of rumors out there, and when I hear them, I help people out. ... 'Go tell people and put it on the Internet.'
"That way when a real, legitimate injury goes through, people question whether I'm really hurt or not."
- 03-06-2009, 08:03 PM
wait, so he is really injured right? It's so hard to respect injuries before a rival fight, legitimate or not, my first instinct is always that it's a duck move. Oh well. I don't know who they could replace Mir with that would equal the anticipation (short of Randy Couture; and that one would have it's issues).NSCA - CSCS
03-06-2009, 10:29 PM
i was thinking gonzaga given he wins this fight. but it might be to short of a time period for gonzaga to step up to the plate.
03-06-2009, 10:30 PM
and to be honest. i think if they do pick gonzaga. i think lesnar would have alot of work to do with his ground game.
03-07-2009, 12:39 AM
I hope they postpone the fight...
But if they do put Gonzaga in there against Lesnar, I'm picking Gonzaga for sure.
03-07-2009, 01:33 AM
03-07-2009, 03:21 AM
Gonzaga is more legit than Mir is.
However this injury benefts Lesnar more than Mir as he gets more BJJ training. Mir should want to fight Lesnar ASAP before Lesnar really evolves into a monster ala GSP.
03-07-2009, 11:33 AM
03-07-2009, 02:41 PM
i think gonzaga is either really really bad effin ass. or he really really sucks at times. i think he had one of those times with couture. i mean the man is a beast. if he has his head on right. we will see. tonight against shane carwin.
03-07-2009, 04:01 PM
agreed, tonight will tell us a lot about both GG and Carwin. Is Carwin for real, or does GG fin ally have it together. GG has the tools to be a dominant hwy. However, his past mental lapses andheart shrinkage leaves a lot to be desired
03-07-2009, 07:37 PM
03-07-2009, 08:06 PM
I want to see Randy fight him once more because, Randy did win the first round vs Lesnar. If not Randy then Dana needs to get his ass into gear and bring Fedor in. I don't care who owns Fedor right now he has the money BUY HIM!
03-08-2009, 02:29 PM
03-08-2009, 02:39 PM
03-08-2009, 03:07 PM
To be fair, Gonzaga was exposing Carwin on his feet early - his sheer size is the only thing which kept him on his feet early. Honestly, that win made me see why people dislike Brock: one quick arm shot can end the night of a better fighter.
03-08-2009, 03:08 PM
03-08-2009, 03:10 PM
03-08-2009, 03:12 PM
03-08-2009, 03:58 PM
03-08-2009, 05:09 PM
gonzaga isnt better than mir. and i am getting so tired of people talking about size. you can be fuking 265 so if you think its that good then bulk up damn
03-08-2009, 06:07 PM
Size is not the only factor, but when coupled with speed and athleticism it differentiates two fighters.
03-08-2009, 06:10 PM
like it or not, being knocked out in one shot is the reality of any fighter. I dont think carwin got lucky at all. i think gonzaga got lucky with cro cop. im not saying he isnt a great fighter, but he got F!!kin smashed last night.
03-08-2009, 06:13 PM
03-08-2009, 06:33 PM
03-08-2009, 06:34 PM
03-08-2009, 06:38 PM
We may be missing the line of communication here. What I am saying is this: the size of Carwin and Brock, allowing them to absorb and dole out more damage, makes up for their skill disadvantages; particularly, in situations where their unsuspecting punches - ala Randy v., Brock, Carwin v., Gonzaga - K.O. their opponents. So, as you said, nothing too profound or difficult to understand about that in the least.
03-08-2009, 06:54 PM
03-08-2009, 07:20 PM
then props to him. im so sick of people talking about size. they OWRK ON THEIR SIZE jsut like others work on their other skills. if they fought again carwin would win again. lesner is better than gonzaga aswell
03-08-2009, 07:58 PM
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