Mir rips TUF charge

JOSE RODRIGUEZ

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

The trend of rewarding outrage and drama doesn't sit well with The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 coach Frank Mir.

The former UFC heavyweight champion held little back in speaking of his charge, Junie Browning, this season's resident drunken, drama-seeker, calling him "a huge disappointment."

"If I had complete control, I would have kicked Junie off the first week after I saw his behaviour and edited him out," says Mir.

"I think he does give a bad name and face to everyone (in the sport)."

Browning captured much of the camera time through his wild antics and unpredictable outbursts, and Mir says that doesn't send the right message to future contestants.

"That shows people that get on the show that as long as they act like a moron and an idiot, they get to have time," said Mir. "And that face time equals money."

Adding to Mir's anger is the fact Browning's fight against Dave Kaplan will be part of the televised card tonight when Phillipe Nover and Efrain Escudero battle for the TUF lightweight battle. Ryan Bader and Vinny Magalhaes will battle for the light-heavyweight crown on the live card broadcast on Spike TV and Rogers Sportsnet.

"I hear more people talking about Junie Browning than they do about Phillipe Nover and Efrain, which I think is an insult to those two fighters. They are the better martial artists, they're greater fighters," says Mir.

Mir said he tried reasoning with Browning, 23, early on and says he regrets not pushing harder to have him punted from the show.

"I guess I'm just not a babysitter. I'm not one to sit there and hold someone's hand and beg them to be a fighter," says Mir.

"Hopefully, Junie finds that in the future -- he can find his babysitter and somebody that will console him and give him the special love that he needs."

Browning aside, Mir said he likes his fighters' chances in tonight's finals.

But Magalhaes, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and the only member of Team Mir fighing in the finals, will have his hands full with Bader, who is a stronger standup fighter.

Tonight's card will also feature Jason MacDonald of Red Deer, Alta., taking on Wilson Gouveia.

MacDonald, a middleweight, has won three of his last six fights and is coming off a submission victory over Jason Lambert.

Rounding out the card will be a rematch between Kevin Burns and Anthony Johnson.

The last time the two met, Burns won by third-round TKO, but not before causing much controversy by unintentionally poking Johnson in the eye numerous times.

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IN THIS CORNER

RYAN "DARTH" BADER, MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Favoured by many to take tonight's light-heavyweight title at The Ultimate Fighter 8 finale, Bader is no stranger to winning. He is undefeated as a mixed-martial arts pro and boasts 120 wins in amateur wrestling for Arizona State. Bader is a King of the Cage veteran and as a high school wrestler, he won two state championships and was ranked fourth in the U.S. Bader trains with Arizona Combat Sports where TUF 7 contender and UFC middleweight C.B. Dollaway is his training partner.

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ON THE CARD

FUTURE FIGHTS AND EVENTS

- The Ultimate Fighter 8 finale goes tonight from Las Vegas. Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald will take on Wilson Gouveia as well as the finalists from this year's show square off for the titles. On Spike TV and Rogers Sportsnet.

- UFC 92 features a stacked card on Dec. 27. Light-heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin will make his first title defence against Rashad Evans, while Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will take on Frank Mir for the interim heavyweight title.


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