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Frank Mir knows with a fifth straight loss at UFC Fight Night 61 he 'might get cut from UFC'

From former heavyweight champ to UFC pink slip?

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight kingpin Frank Mir has fought all but two of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts inside the Octagon, earning a 14-9 record over 13 years of action.

A large percentage of Mir's losses have come from his recent career drought that has seen him lose four straight fights. Prior to his losing streak -- that dates back all the way to May 2012 -- the former champ had never lost two straight fights.

The last time Mir earned a victory was over Minotauro Nogueira -- in one of the greatest submission wins in MMA history -- way back at UFC 140 in 2011. Since then, Mir has dropped two decisions, and been knocked out by Junior Dos Santos and Josh Barnett.

Heading into UFC Fight Night 61 this Sunday (Feb. 22, 2015) from the Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil live on FOX Sports 1 (results here), the jiu-jitsu ace will be looking to snap his losing streak because he knows a loss could force UFC brass to hand over the dreaded pink slip come Monday morning.

But even if that is the case, Mir has no plans of retiring from MMA win or lose this weekend.

Mir's words to ESPN:

I've been fighting UFC fighters. I've had no easy fights as of late. If I'm not successful on Sunday, I would never retire from fighting. But realistically, I might get cut from the UFC.

Even if, for whatever reason, I'm unsuccessful on Sunday and the UFC were to release me, unless I were to see some kind of way I could compensate my family, I would still fight. I would just have to find different organizations.

It is hard to imagine Mir donning Bellator MMA or World Series of Fighting gloves following such a long and tenured history with UFC.

If the heavyweight does lose on Sunday night, hopefully he will reconsider his plans, and potentially return to the announcing booth where he shined with World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).

For the latest UFC Fight Night 61 results, fight card, news, and more click here.

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