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?
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