Mir not even considering retirement

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Frank Mir is only thirty four years old, but riding a three fight losing streak into UFC 169, many have speculated that should he not win maybe retirement could be next.

Mir, however, believes that retirement is not in his immediate future, win or lose at UFC 169:

“I kind of know no matter what it's not going to be my last fight,” Mir told ESPN.com. “I'm still younger than a lot of the guys in the division. 

“There are two ways I would consider retirement. One is losing to guys who are not top-level competition. The other is if I started losing where it's like, 'OK man, you were knocked out viciously and staring at the rafters.' I won't endanger my health.” 

Mir is steadfast in his belief that neither of those scenarios is currently playing out. He still shakes his head at referee Rob Hinds' decision to stop his most recent bout against Josh Barnett in the first round at UFC 164 after he absorbed a knee along the fence. 

The other two losses — to Daniel Cormier and Junior dos Santos — were disappointing for Mir, but not inexcusable. And in no way evidence that his career is over. 

“I'm sorry if those three losses aren't killing my ego,” Mir said. “Let's see, the losing streak started with Junior dos Santos, the No. 1 heavyweight in the world at the time. Then I lost to Cormier in a pretty boring fight and then to Barnett, which to me was a no-contest because the fight had a very controversial stoppage. 

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