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Should Frank Mir Hang Up The Gloves?

Should Frank Mir Hang Up The Gloves?

Frank Mir has always been a fantastic speaker, meshing eloquence with a seemingly limitless depth of knowledge in regards to the topic of beating dudes the hell up. This was true in at UFC 34 in 2001, when I first interviewed him, and it’s still true to this day (as evidenced by my interview with him at UFC 169). Some fighters’ mental faculties degrade when they’ve been in the game a long time, but despite all his years in the cage, Mir’s brain cells are intact.

Which is why he should retire. Immediately.

We all saw the beating he took at the hands of Alistair Overeem on Saturday night. At no point was the former UFC heavyweight champ really in the contest. Sure, he survived an onslaught that would’ve surely killed lesser men, but no one wants to watch a fight with the presumption that a competitor’s best means to merely come out alive. We want a match-up where either warrior can come out on top. Sadly, somewhere along the timeline between now and when he snapped Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm at UFC 140, the Las Vegas native lost the ability to win, and now when we see him he’s either taking beatings and losing decisions – to Overeem and Daniel Cormier – or taking beatings and losing consciousness (Mir vs. Junior dos Santos and Mir vs. Josh Barnett).

It’s clear at this point that Mir will never again come within shouting distance of a heavyweight title shot, and that sucks, because the times he’s worn the belt, he’s been a great, exciting champ and rock-solid ambassador of the sport. Unfortunately, what’s also clear is that despite this, the premium on violence still reigns, and unless Mir retires, there will always be a steady stream of young bucks waiting for a turn to batter the former champ on their own way up the rankings.

What do you think? Should Mir call it quits?

  • Screenplaya says:

    Frank is done competing, he just hasn’t accepted it yet. He needs to stop getting in the ring. Switch straight to commentary immediately.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    I also agree Mir’s time is over, the biggest reason is that his chin is completely shot. He can’t take hits like he did before. If big nog didn’t go crazy and picked his shots he would’ve won that fight. It was big nogs fight to lose at that point. The only thing Mir can be is a mid to low tier gatekeeper, basically a guy prospects can beat to enter the lower top 10 of the division ranks. It’s just not worth it because he’s a good commentator and the last thing he needs is his brain being rattled again to mess up his speech patterns.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    mirs done about all a man can do in this sport without getting chuck lidelled. His highlight reals are impressive from dropping congo and choking him out to his sub from big nog. He still survived and got the sub. Hes hall of fame material and most fights were after that bad accident.


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