Frank Mir Weighing Retirement Options
By Michael Hatamoto
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir understands time is against him as a professional MMA fighter competing at the top level.
The 33-year-old has been a professional fighter for about 11 years, and endured a life-changing motorcycle accident in 2004 that almost ended his fighting career. Since then, he has battled back to the top of the UFC’s heavyweight division, proving to be a difficult challenge for the majority of UFC competitors.
“I like analyzing fights and I like doing color commentating,” Mir recently told the Chronicle Journal. “It’s an opportunity I would take advantage of when I run into it. Hopefully it’s something I can do full time.”
The submission fighter has fought for the UFC since UFC 34 in 2001, and has proven to be one of the promotion’s top talents. Also, Mir has experience adding his professional opinion when he held color commentary duties for the now shuttered WEC organization.
It’ll be interesting to see what types of post-fight retirement options he considers when he decides to end his career.
Being an analyst for the UFC would help keep him in the spotlight, though he has proven to be a skilled BJJ and submission grappling coach.
However, he also could coach and help train younger fighters, as his MMA BJJ skills are elite – and it’s another avenue to ensure he remains involved in MMA.