Mir's threats more than just empty

American Frank Mir beats Brazilian Minotauro Nogueirain a UFC heavyweight bout in Toronto, Dec. 10,...

American Frank Mir beats Brazilian Minotauro Nogueirain a UFC heavyweight bout in Toronto, Dec. 10, 2011. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

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It's not uncommon for fighters to get carried away with pre-fight trash talk.

In fact, over-the-top statements are actually quite common in the fight game, be it boxing or MMA.

After knocking out Lou Savarese in only 38 seconds in 2000, Mike Tyson directed his attention to Lennox Lewis, famously stating, “I want to eat his children!”

Ahead of his UFC 40 showdown with Tito Ortiz in 2002, Ken Shamrock threatened to beat his opponent “into a living death” — whatever that means.

Even Frank Mir once stated he aimed to break Brock Lesnar's neck, resulting in the first death inside the UFC octagon.

Of course that last one didn't go over too well with UFC brass and Mir quickly apologized.

But just because the former UFC heavyweight champion let emotion get the better of him once, it doesn't mean he only makes idle threats.


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