Mark Hunt scored another walk off, KO win at UFC Fight Night 85, but not everyone was completely convinced that Frank Mir was done. Well, the former heavyweight champ has publicly that yes, yes, he was.
Hunt dropped Mir with a right hand a few minutes into the fight, and although the latter was still conscious, the referee stopped the bout. Mir didn’t protest the stoppage at all inside the Octagon, and recently on his “Phone Booth” podcast, he had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Yes, it was a good stoppage,” Mir said. “My lights were on, but I had no bearings on where anything was coming from. So the effectiveness of me being able to defend myself was very low at that point.”
“It shows you show disorientated I was by the shot — the guy fully dressed was the one who caught my attention,” Mir said. … “It could have been bad [if the fight continued]. I see the reason for stopping it. At that point, intelligently defending myself, it would have been a scramble to find out where Mark was coming from.”
There you have it. If the ref Marc Goddard had let it continue, and if Hunt wasn’t kind enough to walk off, Mir would have taken another big shot. That wouldn’t have been good for anybody.
During the podcast Mir also said that he doesn’t plan to retire, as until he gets told he “can’t”, he wants to keep competing. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as leading up to this fight, Mir didn’t hint at all that retirement might be on the horizon.
You have to wonder, however, if he gets stopped in his next outing, will Dana White ask him to call it quits? The future Hall of Famer is 2-6 in his last 8 bouts.