Months before Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem met at UFC 169, UFC president Dana White was blunt when asked if their respective jobs would be on the line.
"Yeah, definitely," he said last September. "Definitely."
But days before their actual fight, he softened his stance a bit. When the same question came up, White angled his response with an out.
"Yeah," he said. "I mean, yeah, they need to perform."
Overeem went on to beat Mir by unanimous decision in the UFC 169 fight, and White was publicly critical of both, calling Overeem’s performance "crappy" and saying, "It wasn’t the fight I expected to see."
We’ll know something very soon, but there’s nothing really happening quite yet. But yeah, he’s still on the roster.
Frank Mir's manager, Malki Kawa
Yet nearly two months after the closing horn, still no word has come on Mir’s status with the promotion. On Wednesday, however, Mir’s manager Malki Kawa confirmed to FOX Sports that the longtime UFC heavyweight is still in the UFC’s employ.
"He’s just taking time off," Kawa said. "He’s taking a little bit of time and we’ll figure out what his next fight is going to be, and what he’s going to do next. Right now we haven’t come to a conclusion on that time frame yet."
Mir’s loss against Overeem was his fourth straight, however each of his opponents during that turbulent stretch — Overeem, Josh Barnett, Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos — have been ranked in the UFC’s top five at some point within the last two years. Mir himself is still currently ranked at No. 10.
The Las Vegas native is the longest-running consecutively tenured UFC fighter, having made his octagon debut with a submission win over Roberto Traven at UFC 34 in Nov. 2001, just months into Zuffa’s ownership of the promotion. Since that time, he’s gone 14-9 including a heavyweight championship reign in 2004 and an interim crown four years later.
It appears he’ll have a chance to add to his accomplishments when the brass calls his name again in the near future.
"We’ll know something very soon, but there’s nothing really happening quite yet," Kawa said. "But yeah, he’s still on the roster."