To say Frank Mir (pictured) was upset with how Saturday’s fight against Josh Barnett concluded would be an understatement. UFC president Dana White even felt the stoppage was premature.
However, no matter which way you slice or dice the controversial ending, the defeat marks three in a row for the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion. While White didn’t agree with the stoppage, which leads many to believe Mir’s chances of being granted a reprieve increases, White states a loss is still a loss.
“It counts,” White says of Mir’s latest setback, despite the controversy surrounding it. “I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.”
In most instances, running the reverse trifecta typically spells the end of an athlete’s UFC career. However, Mir is a popular veteran who competes in one of the UFC’s thinnest divisions.
On the flipside, it might be tough for the UFC to justify paying a 34-year-old on a three-fight skid $200,000, which is what Mir has made in each of his last two outings, just to step inside the cage.
Outside of Mir’s first two professional bouts, all of his fights have taken place inside the Octagon. The Brazilian jiu jitsu ace has posted a 16-8 record over his 12-year career.