The ailments continue to pile up from UFC 130’s Frank Mir vs Roy Nelson fight, and each one puts that gas-out fest into a more understandable light. After the fight, Nelson’s camp was quick to point out that he had a case of walking pneumonia. Now Mir’s camp is going public with a knee injury:
ESPN.com has learned from Mir’s camp that a nagging knee injury forced him to miss two weeks in the middle of a 12-week training camp. The setback nearly forced him to pull out of the fight and ultimately prevented him from hitting his target weight of 252 pounds.
“The ligaments in his knee were damaged,” said Jimmy Gifford, Mir’s head trainer. “He missed weeks seven and eight of the camp. Because of the knee issue, the weight didn’t come off like we thought it would. He won’t be that heavy for his next fight, I can promise you that.”
AND a case of bronchitis:
“The Sunday before the event, he ended up with Bronchitis,” Gifford said. “His whole family was sick. The game plan in the fight was to go for it early, try and land some big shots and then pull off the gas pedal. We were worried about his breathing. Five days before the fight we had to stop practice because he had a panic attack and couldn’t breathe. First time that’s ever happened to him.”
Jesus, don’t doctors check these fighters before they step in the cage? These guys were probably lucky to be getting one lung’s worth of air between the two of them, which is pretty messed up. Hard to imagine anyone a doctor with a thermometer, stethoscope, or brain could miss.
Typically when you hear these kinds of post-fight excuses, they kinda fall flat and aren’t all that convincing. But looking back at Frank and Roy wheezing and gasping for breath but fighting on regardless, I can’t help but be a little impressed with their chutzpah … and their stupidity. They’re lucky they were suffering dueling illnesses. A healthy Junior Dos Santos or Shane Carwin would have wrecked their shit.