UFC 111: Would It Have Been Closer if Frank Mir Didn't Have "Brockitis"?

jason hughesCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2010

"Brockitis" is a medical term ascribed to a fighter paying little attention to the monumental task at hand because he is so distracted by the prospect of facing his mortal enemy down the road that he has looked past his current opponent.

I do not believe that Frank Mir was ready for the closed iron fists of Shane Carwin and that he was just beat up, far beyond the point that he should have been, but still Mir did not seem to be in the same league as Shane Carwin in this weekend's UFC interim heavyweight title bought.

As a matter of fact, Carwin's hands were so heavy Saturday night that they put Brock Lesnar's punching power to shame, for the incapacitated heavyweight champ has never shown that kind of raw, vicious power in his stand-up. In other words, Carwin made Brock's punches look like a high school kid beating up on a elementary student.

Mir—and I hate to say this, because he lost fair and square to Carwin with the first-round knockout—needs to absolve himself from his hatred of Lesnar and start focusing more and more on the task at hand. After all, he's slipped a few rungs down on the latter now.

Now Mir will have to fight his way back up from about as low as he has ever been on the food chain, but I wonder—would it have helped him just a little bit more if he would have shut his mouth about Lesnar so much and concentrated on the task at hand?

I do not think so based on what Carwin brought to the table at UFC 111, but Mir could have made the fight a little more exciting. It seems that Mir has possibly forgotten about the most dangerous aspect of his game, the ground fight—something the former champion once thrived on has been abandoned for a stand-up style that, despite garnering him some highlight-reel knockouts, did not do him any favors against Carwin.

Now, please do not get me wrong, Mir was totally outclassed in this tilt, and Carwin is deserving of everything that he gets. And what he gets is essentially a carbon copy of himself, only with less punching power and more proven wrestling ability.

Even then, though, I do not wish to say Lesnar's wrestling is beyond the challenger, for I have no idea how great Carwin is on the ground, but if he is anywhere near as brutal as he was against Mir, then we might just be witnessing a changing of the guard.

As these two behemoths prepare to clash until an undisputed heavyweight champ emerges, Mir has to change this hate for Lesnar and wipe it out of his head. For if he wishes to continue the climb back from however far he has fallen, he has to rid himself of this "Brockitis" and start to think about the task at hand.

It is not too late—not if he clears his mind and takes it one fight at a time from here on out.