UFC 191: Frank Mir is Taking it “Fight by Fight”, Not Looking Forward
By FCF Staff
Earlier this year more than a few people were calling for Frank Mir to retire, but as the decorated heavyweight gets ready to face Andrei Arlovski tonight, that’s all changed.
In February, Mir incurred his fourth straight loss when he was decisioned by Alistair Overeem. Since then, the 36 year-old has gone on to knockout “Bigfoot” Silva and Todd Duffee. If he can take out Arlovski later today, the former champ could be a couple of big wins out from a title shot.
At a recent media event, Mir was asked if he’s set a timeline for his retirement, and the veteran stated (quote via UFC.com):
“I really don’t have a number,” Mir said. “Obviously it’s fight by fight. If I go out in the next five fights and knock people out in the first round, I probably could keep going. If I go out there and have wars and get demolished and get beat up real bad, it’s going to slow me down.”
Arlovski is also in the midst of a comeback run, except “The Pitbull’s” is longer, as the former champ is currently riding a five fight winning streak. Most recently, Arlovski stopped top contender Travis Browne in the opening round. While discussing how he will approached Arlovski in the Octagon, Mir relayed:
“He’s a very explosive, fast fighter,” Mir said. “He’s going to move around a lot. I’m going to try to corner him, use my power and explosiveness to hit him hard, and if that doesn’t take him out on the first shot, I’m going to take him down and finish him.”
UFC 191 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.