Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has a tall task this weekend as he tries to snap a three-fight losing streak against Alistair Overeem at UFC 169.
While facing the prospects of leaving the Octagon Saturday night with a fourth consecutive loss, Mir isn’t letting all the talk of him being released cloud his fight plan.
In fact, he would have no problems signing with another promotion if the UFC did cut him.
“There is one solace I can really take,” said Mir, during an interview with MMAFrenzy.com at media day Thursday. “If I have a bad experience, and am no longer able to fight for the UFC, do I want to fight for another organization? Do I really want to fight for somebody else?
“I don’t think I would have an issue (doing that). I still sell tickets.”
Mir, 34 years old, is now 16-8 overall. His resumes shows a who’s who of the heavyweight division, as he holds wins over the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Roy Nelson and Mirko CroCop.
Since that 2011 submission victory over Nogueira, though, Mir’s lost twice by TKO to Junior dos Santos and Josh Barnett, along with a decision defeat at the hands of Daniel Cormier.
His focus remains solely on Overeem, but Mir was asked about his former rival Brock Lesnar during the interview. Lesnar was briefly rumored to be returning to the UFC before resigning with the WWE, a pro wrestling promotion.
“I would love to fight him,” Mir said, “if he was able to make some kind of comeback.”
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