Frank Mir’s title aspirations may have been temporarily ended by Junior dos Santos, and delayed even further by a subsequent loss to Daniel Cormier, but he isn’t giving up. In a recent UFC 164 press conference call, the former heavyweight champion declared that he doesn’t just want to put on great fights, his primary goal is to work his way back to the title.
“I don’t concede the fact of just trying to put on great fights,” he said. “Obviously, the outcome of my drive is to actually work back towards the title. I don’t see it as a situation where that’s no longer within my grasp. The training I’m doing now, where I’m at in life, being only 34 years of age, I don’t really see it as an issue to concede to the fact that ‘Oh I’m only going to fight to be an entertaining fight just added onto a card.’ That’s just not where I’m at in my life.”
Mir has been fighting professionally for 13 years, and has the distinction of having more fights in the UFC than anyone else in the heavyweight division.
He’ll be facing Josh Barnett next at UFC 164 on August 31, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is currently ranked #6 in the heavyweight division and holds a 16-7 record.
If Mir has any chance of hitting a title shot again in the near future, he’ll need this win. Three losses in a row could very well put his UFC contract in jeopardy.