When you consider that Frank Mir challenged for the UFC heavyweight title in May 2012, and what the decorated vet has accomplished in his career, it’s hard to believe he’s likely in a must win situation heading into 2014.
Mir is scheduled to face Alistair Overeem at UFC 169 on February 1st, and since the two are coming off three and two losses respectively, the loser will likely be cut. While appearing on the latest “The MMA Hour“, here’s what Mir had to say about what’s on the line in his next bout.
“As far as the UFC wanted to release us, I’ve heard the same thing that Dana [White] said absolutely, I find it hard to believe that they’re going to let Alistair to be picked up by another organization,” Mir 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.”
“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.”
That’s an interesting point about Overeem, however, if Mir can submit or stop him, then you have to wonder whether he’ll be nearly as a big draw at that juncture. As for Mir, considering how long he’s been with the UFC and his various title runs, it is hard to imagine him with another organization.