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Will Frank Mir Retire?

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Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir (16-9) is currently riding the longest losing streak of his illustrious career at 4 in a row. He’s lost to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos via 2nd round tko at UFC 146, current UFC Light Heavyweight number 1 contender Daniel Cormier at UFC on Fox 7, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett via first round tko at UFC 164 and lastly to former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem at UFC 169 via Decision.

Mir has had all but 2 of his 25 professional MMA bouts inside the octagon and most consider the superstar to be past his prime. The owner of the most wins and fights in the UFC division maybe starting to think the same way and when he appeared at the MMA Fight Corner, he expressed his opinions on the future.

“I really don’t know. I’m kind of just taking time off and weighing that out,” Mir said. “That’s a decision that me and my family are still trying to – we haven’t come to a conclusive idea yet.”

Mir still trains heavily in his time off at Jackson-Winklejohn MMA. He tries to emulate other fighters to better himself if he is to return to in-ring action.

“I’ve actually been down there even though I haven’t got a fight anytime in the foreseeable future. When [Browne] was fighting Werdum, I was trying to mimic him as much as possible.”

Mir attributes his longevity in the sport to his improved conditioning and lack of injuries sustained. After a shoulder surgery in 2007, Mir has not had to back out to any fights from then on.

“Obviously there’s a little luck in it, as far as I haven’t taken any major injuries. I think that’s had a lot to do with it,” Mir explained. “And the second is, just constantly being in the gym and adapting, trying to improve and looking to who’s out there and watching what they’re doing.

“And it’s a fine balance between trying not to break something and to fix something that’s broke. So you have to try to not have style drifts that are, ‘well why’s he making this worse now?’. It’s like ‘well, I was trying to make this better, but now I’ve actually taken a step backwards.’.

“And at the same time being open-minded to try to let go of certain techniques and to try to learn new ones. It’s constantly a balancing act, constantly a juggling act. You make mistakes and keep going back to the drawing board and try not to be too self-critical to where you actually shut yourself down,” Mir concluded.

Whether he returns to in-ring action or not, it’d be hard to visualize Mir ever leaving the sport for good. The most likely scenario if he is not to return to full time fighting would be to serve as commentator where he has shown great poise and a thorough knowledge and passion for the sport.

 

 

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.