Remember that time Frank Mir said he wanted to murder Brock Lesnar in the cage? Well, just to refresh the memory, here’s that quote again:
“I’d rather go ahead and say what’s on my mind than to sit there and come up with some PC ‘Oh, the guy is a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him.’ If I don’t mean it, why is it even coming out of my mouth? … I want to fight Lesnar. I hate who he is as a person. I want to break his neck in the ring. I want him to be the first person that dies due to Octagon-related injuries. That’s what’s going through my mind.”
Frank got into some heat over those comments, and it marked the first time (that we know about anyways) where UFC brass forced one of their fighters to issue an apology for the shit they said about someone else. That’s pretty impressive considering how much poop gets slung about leading up to some fights. But John Howard might have crossed a line again with comments he made on Sherdog radio about his nemesis Anthony Johnson:
“When I fight Johnson — I’m putting this out there. I don’t care. I’m probably going to get in trouble for it; I just don’t care. They [better get] the biggest ref out there cause if I knock him out, I’m going to keep going. I’m not stopping. They’ll [have to] hold me down and tie me up, something, put cuffs on me. Because it’s personal.”
Fortunately for Howard, only a small percentage of people listen to Sherdog radio and an even smaller percentage give a crap about what he has to say. Still, that’s some pretty explosive stuff right there from a fighter who’s already hanging onto his job by his fingernails. He’s lost his last two fights and things don’t get much easier for him on June 26th when he has to face Martin Kampmann. Reminding people he’s still got that feud with Rumble = smart self-promotion. Threatening a post-stoppage assault if he gets that fight = not so much.