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Frank Mir was expecting Brock Lesnar at Madison Square Garden, settled for Todd Duffee on cable TV

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How close did fight fans come to witnessing a rubber match between Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar?

The former heavyweight champion told MMA Fighting he was given the impression -- by some "pretty high level people" over at ZUFFA headquarters -- that the gears were in motion for he and "The Beast Incarnate" to settle their differences once and for all.

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"I didn't want Todd at first when I found out that he was calling me out and stuff. There was the talk, I mean the UFC powers that be, they told me, I was under the impression that Brock was getting ready to sign and that if that happens, I'd be the guy, as long as I did what I had to do with Bigfoot, that could be a good fight to build up, you know. 'He's had a layoff, you're coming off the win, let's make this trilogy.' I was hearing rumors of Madison Square Garden. So it caught me by surprise when they told me that he announced his retirement. I was like, 'Well, that's kind of crazy, because there was some pretty high level people that I was speaking to, that told me that it was all but a done deal, that it was a signed contract.'"

Instead, Mir got a match-up against Todd Duffee (details) -- which is set to go down tomorrow night (Weds., July 15, 2015) inside Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California -- while Lesnar got paid the big bucks to stay with WWE.

Nevertheless, Mir isn't convinced Brock was ready to tango for a third and final time, after watching him take out Silva in impressive fashion.

"I just think financially, you know, the guy that goes to two different car dealerships? I think, maybe he just took advantage of the instant attention that he got by bringing up the UFC's name, and so probably got a bigger contract with the professional wrestling organization. And that being said, maybe watching the Bigfoot fight, he decided maybe that (I) wasn't the best for him coming off a layoff."

Don't be scared, homie.

For more on Mir's upcoming heavyweight clash against Duffee click here.

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