After UFC 119, Dana White slammed Frank Mir for his lack-lustre performance and refused to award the knock-out of the night bonus to Mir, even though he had the only knock-out of the night.
MMA Mania quoted White:
"I have no clue about Frank. To talk the stuff he does, and then fight like he fought, that's a little frustrating. Once "Cro Cop" stuffed his takedown attempt, his heart fell out on the floor. If Frank Mir can't bully you, his heart shrinks to the size of the Grinch's. If he can't take you down, his heart shrinks to the size of a pea."
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Sultan of Smug
There is no doubt that Frank Mir is the Sultan of Smug when he confidently assesses his own upcoming fights, and his smug assurance has not won him many fans. On the other hand, he has been ranked as one of the top ten heavyweights in MMA by many leading MMA pundits. Mir has defeated many notable opponents decisively including Nogueira, Kongo and Sylvia.
White Refuses To Criticize GSP After UFC 111
After UFC 111, Dana White refused to slam GSP for his perceived lacklustre performance, yet, with Mir, he has no hesitation. Even those who do not like Mir find Dana White's comments unfair. In addition, White seems to break his own rules when awarding bonuses. Why did Mir not receive the knock-out bonus? Anderson Silva was pounded recently for 4-1/2 rounds, but he pulled out a submission at the last moment. White did not penalize Silva for his lack lustre performance. Silva got the Submission of the Night bonus.
Should Dana White Have Publicly Slammed Mir's UFC 119 Performance?
Not Mir's Best Night
UFC was not a banner PPV for Dana White. Although some of the fights were actually quite good, a large number of fights were decided by the judge's decision, and the booing of the Indianapolis crowd did not create a good impression--White was not in the best of moods. Although Mir was unsuccessful in his take-downs, he applied pressure the whole evening and it was Cro Cop who was tentative in his striking and avoided engaging. After being unsuccessful taking Cro Cop to the canvas, Mir was limited to striking and with Cro Cop's heavy hands, this required some caution. Mir struggled, but there is no doubt he finished Cro Cop decisively. It might not have been Mir's best night, but Cro Cop is still a formidable opponent and Mir's knock-out win was impressive.
Did Mir Deserve Public Humiliation?
The question is: Did Frank Mir deserve to be compared to the Grinch--who has no heart? Was his lacklustre performance not mitigated somewhat by his right knee which ended the contest decisively? Was this a comment which had to be made publicly? Why are the rules different for some fighters? Obviously Frank Mir was not only required to win the fight and to finish his opponent, but each moment in the fight needed to be exciting, or he would incur Dana White's wrath.
There are many questions which need answers.