Unlike other careers where you may go years without seeing much change, in MMA things are a wee bit different. Case in point, take a look at the career of Frank Mir. As 2011 was coming to a close the former heavyweight champ had won three straight and went on to challenge Junior dos Santos for the belt in May, 2012. Mir was stopped in round two at UFC 146, and after consecutive losses to Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett, the heavyweight could be on the chopping block at UFC 169. That’s quite the turn around.
Of course, at the February 1st event, Mir will fight Alistair Overeem, who is also in trouble thanks to stoppage defeats at the hands of “Bigfoot” Silva and Travis Browne. So while speaking on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour“, Mir was asked whether UFC 169 is a ‘do or die’ scenario, and what getting cut by the UFC would mean.
“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.”
There’s no doubt the loser is going to be dealt a serious setback on February 1st. UFC 169 will be hosted by Newark’s Prudential Centre and will feature light-heavyweight champ Jone Jones taking on Glover Teixeira.
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