Frank Mir is potentially transitioning to a career in professional wrestling. Mir has name value from his time in MMA and as a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. But he doesn't want to cash in on that name value and jump the line in pro wrestling.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Mir discussed not wanting to take an opportunity from someone else just because he might be a marquee name.
"Obviously I could jump in there, cash in on a couple of times and show up. I hope that Cain [Velasquez] is not doing that -- Actually, I don't care what Cain is doing. There's a novelty of Charlie Sheen. That's when someone doesn't really know what they're doing in something, but they have a name. He did that one-man show and it was a complete disaster. His response was, 'Fuck you, I got your money.' I don't want to be that guy. Not only are you shitting on your fans, you're shitting on other people that have been part of your sport. I was upset that CM Punk got a UFC fight for his debut. If my first match I jump into AEW or WWE, what a fuckin' asshole. Just on my name, I jump out there? What does that say to all the other guys that have wrestled for $50 for five years? It's a spit into their face. I wasn't mad at CM Punk for getting an opportunity. I was mad because it took an opportunity from somebody else," said Mir.
Punk made his MMA debut in the UFC despite no combat sports background outside of pro wrestling. He went 0-2 in MMA. Velasquez signed with WWE and was immediately put into a program with WWE Champion Brock Lesnar after working just two matches for Lucha Libre AAA.
Elsewhere during the interview, Mir discussed how his pro wrestling training is going. You can read his comments by clicking here.
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