Frank Mir Won't Get Brock Lesnar: Ref Almost Lets Mir Be First Octagon Death

Brad BarrettCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2010

"I want to fight Brock Lesnar. 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.” —Frank Mir, WXDX

A lot has been said about these words over the last month. Some have said Mir crossed the lines of good taste and sportsmanship. Others contend he's just doing his job, which is to hype himself and raise his profile through any means necessary. They said he's a fighter, that's just how fighters talk. His emotions got away from him.

Either way, Mir's words almost came back to haunt him.

Shane Carwin is a real heavyweight. He has to cut down to the 265 pound limit and none of it is fat. If Anderson Silva has dynamite in his gloves, Carwin has tactical nukes. Neutron bombs. Doomsday devices.

When Carwin touches your face, you go to sleep. Period. That's why even alcohol-fueled frat boys were wondering what the referee was thinking when he let Carwin continue to hammer Mir's motionless head into the canvas.

After Palhares and his crippling heel hook on Tomasz Drwal, one would have thought the refs would have know...paying attention.

Carwin hit Mir six times AFTER he lay prone on the mat, motionless and not defending himself. If you really want to get technical, it could have been stopped 25 punches earlier. Again, I'm leaving some room for debate between the sixth and the 25th, but the last six were beyond obvious.

For the sake of the safety of these fighters, the refs need to learn when to pull the trigger and call the thing off. I don't like Frank Mir, but I want to see him fight again one day. I don't want to see him go from being an articulate, intelligent analyst of the sport to a punchy, perpetually stunned poster boy telling kids to do something else with their athletic gifts.

Get it together, refs. Pay attention before someone really does get killed.