The UFC 100
heavyweight title fight between Frank Mir
and Brock Lesnar
is going to be a war of words before it becomes a war in the cage, and Mir has just leveled what he no doubt views as a serious insult of Lesnar, comparing his opponent to Ultimate Fighter
bad boy Junie Browning
. Video below.
Mir, who made no secret of the fact that he despised Browning when he coached him on The Ultimate Fighter
, says that the hype surrounding Lesnar as a former WWE star reminds him of the hype surrounding Browning.
"(Lesnar) represents things that I don't," Mir told Dave Farra of RawVegas.tv
. "He gets paid more than I do. ... Junie Browning was highlighted on the show and didn't even win the reality show. Efrain Escudero won the reality show and right now do most people know who Efrain is? So is that really teaching people in our sport to act respectful and to be a martial artist? That has to be a choice on your own. It actually probably hurts my pocketbook at the end of the day. But again, I don't look down on Brock for doing things like that, because guess what? Brock's going to make more money than I am when we fight each other."
Mir sounds very confident that he's going to prove that he's a better mixed martial artist than Lesnar, and he also said he'd love the opportunity to take on Fedor Emelianenko, who is widely regarded as the best heavyweight in MMA.
"I don't want to leave this life without ever having been in there with Fedor," Mir said. "I have to say he's the best heavyweight in the world. He has a better record than I have. Do I feel, though, that I could beat Fedor? Absolutely."