The MMA world just can’t seem to let go of Brock Lesnar. Even his former opponents still want a piece of him.
Following his win over Bigfoot Silva on Sunday in Brazil, Frank Mir said he would “absolutely” want to face Lesnar in a trilogy fight if the former UFC and current WWE champion makes his return to the Octagon.
“I think it would be a huge, big fight,” Mir said at the UFC Fight Night 61 post-fight press conference. “I think it would be something that would catapult my name even higher up. A rubber match between the two of us would be a phenomenal fight.”
Mir steamrolled Silva in the first round, knocking “Bigfoot” out with a punch combination that led to a finish via ground and pound. The win was Mir’s first since 2011 and it stopped a four-fight losing streak.
Given the consecutive losses and obvious wear and tear that comes with fighting as heavyweight, Mir revealed that he was uncertain about coming back to fighting following his last defeat. Hanging up the gloves, however, would eliminate any chance of getting payback on Lesnar for the loss the hulking heavyweight handed Mir in 2009.
Luckily, conversations with his wife, Mir said, led to him deciding to take time away to let his body heal and rest. In his pseudo offseason, he took up gymnastics and yoga.
“I went to yoga with [my wife],” Mir said. “I did it for about 10 minutes [and] couldn’t even hold downward-facing dog because there was so many different aches and pains. I’m sitting there looking at all these soccer moms kicking my butt. I’m like, you know, my overall fitness kind of sucks right now.”
After embracing yoga and other physical activities, Mir said he began to work on his boxing and noticed an improvement in his physical well being. He added that he brought in old training partners who said the former heavyweight champ was moving like he did in his mid 20s.
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The results of his physical improvement showed in his win over Silva on Saturday, taking only 1:40 to dispatch his main-event opponent.
And as he had his hand raised signaling him as the evening’s winner, Mir had a couple thoughts in the back of his mind: maybe he’ll get one more shot at Brock and continued employment.
“To keep [a fight with Lesnar] anywhere in the works, I had to get a win tonight,” he said. “I really just kept it in the back of mind. It’s not something like, ‘I’m gonna win this to fight Brock.’ I was like, ‘Man, I need to win this so I can keep my job or my wife’s not going to let me go to the gym anymore.'”
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