Frank Mir considering retirement if he will be released from UFC
Frank Mir while protesting the stoppage loss to Josh Barnett at UFC 164
Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir is thinking of retirement once the promotion cuts him if he loses to Alistair Overeem in UFC 169. The fight between the two is considered as a “loser leaves town” battle since both fighters were coming off consecutive losses. Mir is in a 3 fight losing skid while Overeem has suffered back to back losses. Both men were stopped twice in those defeats.
However, Mir told MMA Hour that he does not think that the promotion will cut whoever loses in their fight.
“As far as the UFC wanted to release us, I’ve heard the same thing that Dana said absolutely, I find it hard to believe that they’re going to let Alistair to be picked up by another organization,” he said. “I still think he could sell a ton of tickets. Myself? I keep my opinion to myself on me. I guess I would have to see what I’m selling afterwards.”
In the issues of retirement, Mir pointed out that if his losses continue to pile up and the UFC cuts him, he will consider retiring from the sport. He also made it clear that he does not intend to fight in other promotions.
“Obviously I have no real desire to fight for another organization, so if I were to be let go that would be a huge step in the form of retirement,” he said.
Mir believes that he should not be in danger of being cut in the first place. Once more, he mentioned the premature stoppage issue of his most recent outing. In that fight, Josh Barnett dropped Mir with a knee to the face. Referee Rob Hinds immediately came to rescue and waved the fight off. Mir protested the stoppage and was still mad about it in the post fight conference. Up to now, he remains firm in his position that he was not given a chance to defend himself.
“The ruling kind of goes that the fight will be stopped if you can’t defend yourself intelligently — I was never even given the opportunity to defend myself intelligently, because there was no follow-up strikes,” he said. “If Barnett has thrown even mild shots and teed off on me, I think that the argument of, well, you know, you were protecting yourself. You can’t even make an argument that I was able to defend myself intelligently because there was no attack. The referee never gave it enough time for Barnett to do the next maneuver. I think that itself says it was stopped too soon.”
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