The former heavyweight champ was dropped by a right hand from Hunt in the opening round, and as the latter walked away, the ref called the bout. Since Mir wasn’t out – out, some have argued the stoppage was premature. Others, however, believe the intervention prevented Mir from taking another bomb.
The defeat was Mir’s second in a row, and the sixth in his last eight fights. After the event, Stann had this to say about the heavyweight’s future during the post-fight, FOX Sports show (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I don’t (need to see him fight anymore),” Stann said. “Everyone knows when they’ve seen me analyze sports, I’m really on the cautious side when it comes to retirement and putting yourself at risk. I think Frank Mir, the minute he retires, is an automatic induction into the (UFC) Hall of Fame. I would like to see him put a suit and tie on (and) come behind this desk because he’s forgotten more about this sport than most analysts will ever know.”
Stann also noted that Mir has “nothing left to prove” in the game, since he is a former champ and has scored many, memorable wins during his remarkable career. There’s no denying that.
It’s worth noting that before Mir was decisioned by Andrei Arlovski in September, he had violently taken out Antonio Silva and Todd Duffee, and that punted all the retirement talk. Before those victories, Mir had lost four in-a-row.
Chances are, however, more than a few people agree with Stann here. Ultimately the decision is Mir’s, and it’s not like he’s been viciously KO’d in consecutive fights etc, but where can Mir go from here? The loss on Saturday will likely move Mir out of the top ten, and entering the title shot mix again at this juncture, could be one treacherous journey.