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UFC Quick Quote: It's time to retire when you train like Frank Mir

Steve Snowden

"Almost everybody at the UFC level can fight through an injury. We're all hurt by the time the fight comes. I'm starting camps off with the injuries that I haven't properly addressed and that's affecting the way I train, movements we're using and what we can do on a certain day. I've got Forrest Griffin making jokes about it like, ‘It's time to retire when I train like Mir.' I'm like, ‘what are you saying?' He's like, ‘Well you walk in the gym, what doesn't hurt?' So I was like, ‘well, you're right.' So I was like, let me take time off, address these issues and train healthy - relatively speaking for what we do in our sport - then I'll keep fighting. But it's to the point where I'm only 35-years-old and you know, the quality of life. I'd like to play a pickup game of baseball with my kids...So that's kind of the decisions and why I did what I did."

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Frank Mir (16-9) explains his mixed martial arts (MMA) hiatus to the gang at MMA Fight Corner, citing injuries and all-around wear and tear as some of the reasons he hasn't been seen since losing to Alistair Overeem last February. Despite dropping four in a row, the submission ace will try to get himself back into the win column against hulking Brazilian "Bigfoot" Antonio Silva as part of the UFC 184 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada (more on that here). Now that Mir has used his time off to get refocused, can he make one more run at the division title?

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