Frank Mir won't retire if he's cut from the UFC, could fight elsewhere
JAN 31, 2014 8:15p ET
Frank Mir might get cut after Saturday night. It’s probably unlikely for the 13-year UFC veteran. But there’s a chance if he doesn’t beat Alistair Overeem or be exciting in defeat that the organization could cut ties with the popular heavyweight.
At that point, he’ll have a major decision to make. Because Mir doesn’t want to retire, at least not for another four years or so. Would he go elsewhere? Bellator? World Series of Fighting? How about ONE FC?
The 34-year-old really doesn’t know.
“The only thing that bugs me about it is I really don’t want to fight for another organization,” Mir said Thursday at UFC media day Thursday at Madison Square Garden. “I don’t know if I’m even capable of doing it. Obviously if the UFC says, ‘It’s over with us, you can’t make us money anymore,’ do I really want to go somewhere else? I really don’t think so.”
“I don’t know if I’m even capable of doing it. Obviously if the UFC says, ‘It’s over with us, you can’t make us money anymore,’ do I really want to go somewhere else? I really don’t think so.”
It’s pretty clear that this is something Mir (16-8) would wrestle with quite a bit if it happened. Earlier in the conversation, he told reporters that, win or lose Saturday, he still feels like he’s a draw. And if the UFC doesn’t think so anymore, he would entertain offers elsewhere.
“I don’t think I have an issue going to another organization and receiving a paycheck for my appearance on the poster,” Mir said. “I still sell tickets.”
There’s also the possibility of going back to television. Mir was excellent working with the UFC and WEC on telecasts a few years ago. And there are more opportunities for ex-fighters with FOX in the fold than there ever has been before.
But Mir wants to compete right now, not talk about competing. He’s afraid he would blur the lines too much if he tried to do both and almost get “ushered” toward that if he kept doing TV.
“I can analyze and break down fights as long as I’m able to speak. Unfortunately for my wife, I think my bulls**t skills are going to last a long time.”
“I just want to make sure I’m focused on fighting now,” Mir said. “I can analyze and break down fights as long as I’m able to speak. Unfortunately for my wife, I think my bulls**t skills are going to last a long time.”
Mir said he wants to be an analyst or color guy after he retires, which he said could come in four years when his daughter enrolls in high school. But right now and for the foreseeable future, he’s a fighter only.
“I’d like to make it later rather than sooner,” Mir said of TV work. “I’m 34. To retire athletically and say I’m done now, Dan Henderson is in his early 40s and still competing.”
So, if he wants to keep fighting and the UFC doesn’t want him anymore, that only leaves him one choice, right? Mir is still on the fence about going to another promotion.
“My initial response is no,” Mir said. “But I also haven’t spoken to other people. Money talks.”