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July 5, 2016 Frank Mir News
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Mir revealed on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Tuesday that he has requested his release from the UFC.
Mir is facing a two-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for allegedly failing a drug test, although the veteran heavyweight has asserted his innocence throughout this ordeal. If the suspension holds, Mir would be 39 years old by the time he's eligible to fight again, so the longest-tenured UFC fighter instead appears to be leaning towards retirement. If this is truly the end for Mir, he'll finish a spectacular career in which he has accumulated the most wins (16) and finishes (13) in the history of the heavyweight division.
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Fantasy AnalysisMir has allegedly tested positive for an oral steroid, and if his "B" sample returns the same result, it will be tough for the heavyweight fighter to avoid a two-year ban from the sport. The 36-year-old's career had already been on the downswing following back-to-back losses, but this type of suspension could put the nail in the coffin. A longtime staple in the heavyweight division, the former champion remains adamant he did nothing wrong, but Mir seems to prefer transitioning to the next stage in his life over aggressively fighting any allegations.
Fantasy AnalysisIt's understandable given his advanced age and all the tough fights he has been in over the years, but it's clearly time for Mir to hang up the gloves. Hunt hits as hard as any man alive, but Mir just can't take a quality punch anymore. The first few minutes of his bout were fairly even with not a lot going on, but Hunt managed to land a short right hand to just above Mir's right ear and Mir never had a prayer of recovering. Mir has been fighting the best the world has to offer for basically his entire pro career, but he is now 2-6 in his last eight fights and outside of a couple of fluke KO wins over Todd Duffee and Bigfoot Silva last year, he hasn't had a memorable performance since December 2011. Mir is a smart man, but it's a mistake if he doesn't retire. It seems likely that UFC President Dana White will try to talk some sense into him if Mir doesn't plan on stepping away on his own. Releasing a legend is never good for business.
Fantasy AnalysisMir is arguably the most decorated heavyweight in UFC history, but to no one’s surprise, his back-to-back first-round KO wins over Bigfoot Silva and Todd Duffee in early 2015 look like a fluke. He looked terrible in his last fight against Andrei Arlovski in September and overall, Mir has lost five of his last seven fights. His ground game is as good as ever, but the odds of him finishing a guy as durable as Hunt early on are extremely small and no one knows what Mir’s cardio will look like these days in a 25-minute fight. He shouldn’t be totally counted out, but it is easy to see why he finds himself an underdog.
Fantasy AnalysisMir is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Andrei Arlovski back in September. At age-36, the odds are against Mir making another run at the UFC heavyweight title, but it would be a disappointment if he doesn't have enough left in the tank to defeat Hunt. The former two-time UFC champ had racked up back-to-back first-round KO wins over Bigfoot Silva and Todd Duffee prior to his loss to Arlovski.
Fantasy AnalysisMir tried his best, but outside of a pair of takedowns, he did little offensively. He did virtually no damage when he was in top position and one big combination from Arlovski late may have very well won him the fight. By the time the fight was over, it looked more or less like what you would expect from a pair of 36-year olds. Mir doesn't look totally washed up like he did a couple of years ago, but this was likely his last chance to work his way back into the heavyweight title picture.
Fantasy AnalysisMMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday night that UFC officials were eyeing this matchup and now it's official. Mir is coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Todd Duffee and Bigfoot Silva. Considering the state of the UFC heavyweight division at the moment, it's entirely possible that the winner of this one could earn himself a title shot.
Fantasy AnalysisA year ago at this time it looked like Mir's career might be over, but he's rattled off consecutive first-round KO wins against Todd Duffee and Bigfoot Silva in his last two bouts. Even though they are two veterans of the heavyweight division, Mir and Arlovski have never faced each other. It's a bout that could have potential title implications if it comes to fruition.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a fourth straight loss in February 2014, people were calling for Mir to hang up the gloves. He took a year off and came back and knocked out Bigfoot Silva this past February. Now, less than five months later, Mir looks like he can make another run in the thin heavyweight division. Everyone knows about Mir's ground game, but it was his hands that did the damage on Wednesday. One gigantic right hand planted Duffee face first on the mat. There was nothing for referee John McCarthy to even do. It was quite clear that the bout was over. Mir admitted after the fight that he got a little emotional in the cage and that engaging in a slugfest with Duffee probably wasn't the smartest thing to do. That being said, he passed the test with flying colors. At 36-years old, the odds are highly against Mir ever getting to the top of the mountain again, but he's made himself relevant again in the heavyweight division after many thought he was finished.