In a potential upcoming fight, Frank Mir has gone on record as stating that he wants to kill Brock Lesnar, current UFC Heavyweight Champion and former WWE superstar.

Last week, Frank Mir was being interviewed on the radio by Mark Madden, and when the topic turned to Lesnar, Mir had some extremely heated comments that crossed the line for trash talking:

I hate who he is as a person.

I want to break his neck in the ring.

I want him to be the first person that dies to Octagon-related injuries.

The winner of the upcoming fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin gets a shot at Lesnar and the UFC Heavyweight Title in early July, provided the injuries sustained by the winner of Mir v Carwin are not serious enough to keep the fighter from being ready for Brock (Cain Velasquez is said to be the replacement if Mir / Carwin can’t compete in July).  Although it’s likely that Mir will defeat Carwin and get the opportunity to fight Brock for a third time, the rubber match is far from being guaranteed.   Mir’s comments, which could be construed as a death threat, put the potential for Mir v Lesnar 3 in jeopardy.

I have no doubt that Lesnar wouldn’t back down from a fight out of fear. He’s not the type.

“The guy should probably just focus on the task in front of him, which is Shane Carwin, because if Shane Carwin beats his [expletive] he won’t be fighting me,” Lesnar told KFAN Sports Radio AM 1130.

“I feel really good. I’m back to training, I started mini camp last week and I feel great. Everything is on track. Starting to build the base up again and get ready to fight hopefully mid-summer. Hopefully [Mir] gets past Carwin so I can put another beat down on him.”

“I am truly hoping that Frank wins this fight so it sets us up for July and maybe the next beat down will… (laughs)… I don’t know what I have to do to shut him up.”

The potential for the fight to happen doesn’t revolve around whether Lesnar would be afraid of Mir’s sportsmanship. Brock’s people could’ve very easily put a stop to any possibility of another bout between the two, stating that Lesnar’s safety would be in question.  Obviously MMA is a dangerous sport which lends itself to broken bones and competitors being choked unconscious, but there are rules and guidelines which typically protect fighters so that a loss doesn’t lead to the end of a career.  With Mir’s statements, he’s saying that he doesn’t respect Brock as a fellow competitor, and that he considers him an enemy to vanquish.

UFC President Dana White was quick to respond with an official statement on UFC.com regarding Frank Mir, including a comment from the former champion himself.

“I was disappointed by Frank Mir’s comments,” said White. “Frank’s been with the UFC a long time, he’s a two-time heavyweight champion and a commentator for the WEC. I think his emotions are running high right now, he has a big fight coming up next month and he’s still upset about his loss to Lesnar. He’s been talked to, he regrets what he said, and he won’t be saying anything like that again.”

“I would like to apologize to Brock Lesnar, his family, the UFC and the UFC fans for my stupid remarks,” said Mir. “I respect Brock, all the other fighters, and the sport of mixed martial arts. I’m sorry that I stepped out of line.”

You can be sure he was “talked to”, and that Mir’s response was a direct result of it.  Dana White is smart enough to know that Mir needed to issue a statement to allow UFC to save face to allow them to continue to use Mir inside and outside the octagon without making the sport seem less barbaric / primitive – a fight White has been battling since he took over UFC.

The MMA purists will still be hoping that Frank Mir defeats Brock Lesnar for the belt in July, but aside from those individuals, Mir likely lost himself more potential fans by showing just what kind of a meathead he can be.  Inside the octagon, Mir’s approach to fighting might be more focused on brains over brawn than Lesnar’s, but Mir wasn’t using his head when he made those idiotic comments.

With the right announcers and production companies to present the sport, I can say that Mixed Martial Arts is far more technical than boxing, but it gets a bad reputation from incidents such as this.  I hope, for the sake of the sport, that Mir doesn’t become UFC Heavyweight Champion anytime soon, and that Dana White & Company start to focus more on other guys who won’t make idiotic comments, especially those which could be construed as death threats.