It has been 13 years since Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar unified the UFC heavyweight championship belt at UFC 100. The pair of heavyweights headlined the historic event, with Lesnar winning the fight via TKO.
A year prior, Mir spoiled Lesnar’s UFC debut in less than two minutes when he submitted him via kneebar.
So, one would think with the heated rivalry being 1-1; a trilogy could have taken place.
NOPE. It was never close to happening, according to Mir.
A no-go on Lesnar vs. Mir 3
“No [it wasn’t close to happening]. Not on his radar, I guess,” Mir told Chris Van Vliet recently. “When you’re the A-side, he’s a draw money-wise, he gets to make more of the calls. From what I was told, because of the way I responded after the second fight, he truly felt that I was a little off. I think in Lesnar’s mind, how could you want to fight me again? People don’t want to see it, so there’s something wrong with me that I think made him uneasy.”
Mir did say he was game to fight Lesnar for the third time, but he knows it is doubtful as Lesnar is making more money than God with the WWE, doing the bare minimum.
“From what I understand and talking to other people in the industry, he does the bare minimum of what he has to do to cash a check and I don’t fault him for that,” Mir said. “We all gotta make money and I think he’s more naturally a fighter than he is a pro wrestler and so I think it’s not his first love but financially it pays better and obviously, he can continue to do it for a lot longer.”
The former UFC champion is fine if the Lesnar fight never takes place because he has a new mission, his daughter. Bella Mir is currently 3-0 as a professional. She picked up her third win in June by submitting Jessica Link in the first round.