Frank Mir is currently on a three-fight skid, albeit this includes a title fight, and a loss to Alistair Overeem at the upcoming UFC 169 could spell the end for the long-time heavyweight contender. However, even if he loses and subsequently is released by the UFC, Mir has revealed that he won’t be retiring from the sport.
Mir is a two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and holds an impressive 14-7 record inside the Octagon, and along with this impressive feat he is the first man to submit, and knockout, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, gave Brock Lesnar his first loss, has won Submission of the Year on two occasions and has been a top 10 ranked heavyweight for well over 6 years. Now, at 34 years of age, Mir has been on the first three fight skid of his lengthy career but he believes that he is still too young to call it a day. The former champ spoke with ESPN.com and had this to say,
“I kind of know no matter what it’s not going to be my last fight, I’m still younger than a lot of the guys in the division.”
One discouraging trend in Mir’s recent UFC fights is his vulnerability in getting tagged with big shots, and against a monster of a striker – and K-1 champion – in Alistair Overeem, that may make this Saturday a long night for the American. However Frank is known for his remarkable comebacks, facing a number of adversities in his life including – most significantly – his career-threatening motorcycle accident. As the proverbial often told by Joe Rogan says, Mir fights best with his back against the wall.
Many say that his loss against Josh Barnett was an early stoppage – Mir included – and that the loss to Cormier was hardly an undignified one. He will be looking to bounce back a man who needs a win just as bad in Alistair Overeem. On the subject of retirement, Mir followed,
“There are two ways I would consider retirement – one is losing to guys who are not top-level competition, the other is if I started losing where it’s like ‘Okay man, you were knocked out viciously and staring at the rafters.’ I don’t want to endanger my health.”
Mir vs. Overeem goes down this Saturday (1 February) in a stacked UFC 169 card in Newark, NJ.