Now 37 years old, Mir is at a stage in his career where he will only be matched up against younger and more dangerous opponents. And with a good number of fighters showing their intent to leave the UFC, the former heavyweight champion is apparently looking to follow suit.
While in Russia over the weekend for ACB 48 commentary duty, Mir spoke to local outlet Cageside.ru about his current status in the UFC.
"I am [still under contract with the UFC] but I am trying to get out of it," Mir said. "They are not going to utilize me as a fighter, and I am not getting any younger. Even if they do not let me go after my suspension, when I'm up and able to fight again, I really would like to step outside.”
During the interview, Mir showed interest in fighting in Russia, particularly in Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic. Mir previously visited Grozny along with Chris Weidman and Fabricio Werdum as guests of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov. Competing in Grozny would likely equate to competing for the dictator himself.
"Fighting here and in Japan are two dreams of mine to be able to accomplish. Fighting in different types of fights [is something I'm interested in]. As of right now, UFC only allows me to fight MMA. I am going to have to retire. Eventually, time is going to catch up to all of us, and I am no different."
As a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Mir began his career more as a grappler, winning most of his first few fights by submission. But as he progressed through the years, he also developed his striking game, most recently under the guidance of boxing coach Angelo Reyes.
But when he does end up leaving the UFC, Mir says he would want to change things up a bit and fight under kickboxing rules instead, while also pursuing his previous aspirations of competing in professional boxing.
"I never got to do a kickboxing match. I have only fought an amateur boxing match. I want to do a professional boxing match,” Mir said. “You know, I always wanted to test myself and find out different things. Right now, I am being limited in what I'm able to do before I enter full-time coaching. I want more experience in different aspects of the sport.”
“My goal is to do at least five K-1 rule kickboxing matches, five professional boxing matches before I retire."