Frank Mir’s fighting career has been on the decline over the past few years. The former UFC heavyweight champion is currently on a four-fight losing streak, losing to the likes of Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, and Fedor Emelianenko.
The 40-year-old MMA veteran recognizes his downhill path, but he’s not too worried about it. His reasoning? The level of competition he’s currently seeing at heavyweight isn’t that impressive to him.
“I’m lucky that I’ve established myself so much in the sport that if Bellator wanted to cut me tomorrow, I’d sign with a new league on Monday,” he told MMA Junkie on Wednesday’s pre-fight media day. “It’s not that hard. Especially with bare knuckle fighting coming up. You see a lot of guys. The heavyweights – there aren’t a lot of us who are willing to fight that are good enough to fight that people are willing to watch.
“As long as you don’t go out there and throw fights and you show that you don’t want to be there or make it painful to watch, winning or losing doesn’t really matter in this sport,” he added. “It really doesn’t.
“Hell, Randy Couture was 18-13. If I told you he was coming back right now, everybody would try to sign him.”
Mir is basing his comments on a recent MMA event he attended with his wife.
“We were at some fights and we were watching two high-level guys,” Mir said. “She looked over at me. One of the guys was in the top ten rankings, right? She looked at me like, ‘Holy sh-t, you’ll be able to fight the rest of your life. This is horrible.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, these are heavyweights.’
“Heavyweights suck, the majority of us,” he continued. “We’re just not very good fighters. They’re like watching polar bears fighting over some food. Balance isn’t great. No one knows how to do submissions barely. Once you get out of the top ten, you’re really scratching the bottom of the barrel.”
Mir headlines Bellator 231 where he faces Roy Nelson in a rematch. It takes place on Friday, October 25th, at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
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