The former UFC heavyweight champion of the world Frank Mir gave us his very interesting take on the hot-headed antics of Conor McGregor.
It’s a real shame that the fighting world has been forced to fixate on the less-than-admirable traits of the former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in recent times but following his now-infamous appearance at UFC 223’s media day, discussion revolving around his most negative qualities seem to have to taken precedence.
It seems like quite some time has passed since actual fighting has been pushed to the forefront as far as he is concerned but with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s title-winning performance against Al Iaquinta earlier this month, the seeds have well and truly been planted for a lightweight clash for the ages. The problem, however, stems from the fact that McGregor’s future is completely up in the air due to the legal issues that came from his aforementioned skirmish just prior to UFC 223.
Seeing the sport’s biggest star lose his temper in recent times isn’t exactly anything new but with this latest incident, he does appear to have overstepped some of his boundaries. Whether he receives anything resembling a suitable punishment, remains to be seen.
The former UFC heavyweight champion of the world Frank Mir spoke in a recent interview with Fansided and gave some insight into the mind of a professional fighter and how the type of insanity needed to lock yourself into a cage with a trained killer has a lot to do with the type of public recklessness displayed by McGregor earlier this month.
“You can see this with any of our high-level athletes, the same brain that allows me to walk in there and fight in front of thousands of people in a scary situation, stare across from a Brock Lesnar, most people go, ‘Screw that, I’ll never do that.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it.’
“All of a sudden, that same brain you’re like, ‘Hey, have you had too much to drink?’ or ‘Maybe those guys over there. There’s 15 guys there that said something to your girl, maybe we shouldn’t walk over there.’
“I’m walking over there. ‘No, we shouldn’t do that.’ I’m fucking going over there right now. Let’s go! You need that guy going, ‘No, no, no, no, no, that’s a bad idea! That’s a bad idea! We’ve got to slow you down.'”
The actions that McGregor took during the UFC 223 media day should not be condoned, of course, but with Mir’s insight into the workings of a fighter’s mind perhaps we can make better sense of the man who has continued to split people down the middle with his antics.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena