UFC 100: Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir
UFC 100 was the biggest card in UFC history back in 2009, and it was headlined by a grudge match between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. Mir got the better of Lesnar at UFC 81 when he defeated Lesnar by way of kneebar. Lesnar picked up two wins, including one over Randy Couture, before getting the opportunity to get revenge over Mir. This was far and away the biggest fight the promotion could have put together at the time and because of the well-known hatred between the two, the fight was an easy sell to the public. Lesnar was the sports biggest star, and because UFC gold was at stake, the fight was even bigger. It’s not often that the biggest rivalries are headlining cards in title fights, but in this particular instance, fans got exactly what they had hoped for. We knew to expect fireworks and verbal sparring between the two all week, and though the weigh-in itself was fairly mild, it is what Lesnar said to the crowd that stands out in retrospect all these years later.
When the two took the weigh-in stage there weren’t fireworks like many would have suspected. Lesnar his whole career has been a man of antics, but on this day nothing physical took place, just a very memorable quote from Lesnar. ” It’s all over, but the crying,” Lesnar told Joe Rogan on the weigh-in stage. It wasn’t only a joke in attempt to emasculate Mir in front of the weigh-in crowd, but it was a statement that showed just how confident he was in his ability. He fully believed that his kneebar loss was a fluke and he was determined to make sure people forgot all about it before fight night even rolled around. To this point fans still weren;t quite sure just how good Lesnar was, during this interview he let you know just how good he thought he was. Though Mir had done just as much trash talking as Lesnar in the build up, fans were torn between who to cheer for, which always adds an element to a rivalry.