It’s been a torrid pace for the Ultimate Fighting Championship lately, with two events taking place over this past weekend alone. Most notably, Saturday featured one of the biggest shows of the year, in UFC 189.
That night, Conor McGregor took another step in his rise among the featherweight elite, defeating Chad Mendes by TKO to earn the promotion’s interim 145 lb title.
So, fans might be forgiven for forgetting that there’s yet another UFC event tomorrow: UFC Fight Night Mir vs. Duffee.
In an interview with Fox Sports Monday, the event’s headliner Frank Mir had a few remarks regarding McGregor’s popularity — and how it stacks up against the fandom of his own most famous opponent, Brock Lesnar.
“I was very disappointed in it,” Mir said of Lesnar’s recent decision to continue a career in pro wrestling rather than re-join the world of MMA. “Everybody talks right now about Conor McGregor. I don’t think any of Conor McGregor’s pay-per-views have out-sold what Brock Lesnar’s pay-per-views were up to this point. This past weekend might do so, but as of now every time Brock stepped into the arena, he’s a fan favorite. People just go nuts over the guy.”
According to Mir, there was a plan in discussion to hold a third bout between Mir and Lesnar, who split two of the promotion’s most-watched fights in history, in New York later this year.
“Knowing that I’d be able to fight him for a third time, I could catapult and feed off of that and bring a lot of attention,” Mir says. “I know there was talk about Madison Square Garden was in the conversation so I knew a fight with Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir would be contingency to fight in that area. So all kind of opportunities would be opening up.”
UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee takes place at 10 pm ET, 7 pm PT in San Diego, and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.