MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Frank Mir requests his release from the UFC

Frank Mir requests his release from the UFC Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir announced yesterday on The MMA Hour that he’s requested his release from the UFC. Mir ( 18-11) has competed for Zuffa since UFC 34 in 2001. Mir tested positive for metabolites after his April 7th loss to Mark Hunt. He still proclaims his innocence  but won’t file an appeal due to financial reasons. Here’s what the 37-year old had to say on The MMA Hour. “As of now I’m under suspension, as of April 2018 I’ll be eligible to fight again the UFC, and even more, as troubling as that is, they have it to where I can’t do any broadcasting,” Mir said. “Not that I was ever going to get it in there, just because I’ve been asking for several years since the WEC since put this in the rotation, right now I’d like to be released by the UFC so I can continue my career in other avenues. I didn’t see any advantage or course of action that would have been conclusive or really had any percentages on my side where I could win,” Mir said. It’s starting to look very expensive to fight, and if at the end of it I’m still suspended and I’m not allowed to fight or broadcast, I have to start to think about my savings as I’m trying to raise children, I made a decision to forego trying to battle it anymore. After I realized three weeks ago the situation in its entirety, and looked at my savings account and what my kids cost to raise, I realized I have to go make a living,” Mir said. “Being tied up not able to fight and not able to do any analytical works. .. I know they’re very busy, there’s a lot on their plate, so I’m trying as patiently as a person can be find time to get in front of them and discuss the issue. I don’t want to lie and be like ‘oh, I’ll get past this.’ It will be one of those things that I’ll be very sad about how this is how I spent 15 years of my life in the UFC, and this is how it ended. It’s not a happy note to end on. It will be one of those things that I’ll chalk up as a regret until the day they put me in the ground. I just have to move on and try to continue with other aspects of my life.”   UFC 200 Embedded – Episode 2      UFC 200 Embedded – Episode 3 

Written by James Lynch

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