Frank Mir has struggled since losing a heavyweight title unification bout against Brock Lesnar in 2009. Despite picking up wins against Roy Nelson, Big Nog, and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, he lost a second shot at the title in 2010, and has dropped his last three.
Now the 34-year-old fighter is set to face Alistair Overeem at UFC 169. If he loses this one, his fourth loss in a row, he knows he’s in danger of being released. If that happens, it may just be a sign for the fighter to retire.
“I think it just depends on how much we are able to draw,” he said in an interview on The MMA Hour. “I’ve always tried to help in that argument. When people ask for certain explanations on why certain guys get title shots and some guys don’t, I’ve always told people this is a business. It isn’t so much who has a 30-0 record, but if no one wants to come watch you fight, then it doesn’t matter. As far as if the UFC is willing to release us … I find it hard to believe that they would let Alistair be picked up by another organization. I still think he can sell a ton of tickets.
“As for myself, I keep my opinions, I guess. I don’t know, I guess I’ll have to see if, I don’t know, what I’m selling afterwards. No, I wasn’t [thinking of retirement]. Obviously, I have no real desire to fight for another organization, so if I were to be let go, I think that would be a huge step in the form of retirement.”
Mir has spent almost his entire career in the UFC, entering the octagon for the first time in his third fight. He has to date collected a 16-8 record overall.
UFC 169 will take place on Feb. 1, 2014, in Newark, N.J.