Just as Brock Lesnar prepares to make what is sure to be a sensational return to the UFC, one of his most famous opponents from his original run in the organisation is asking to be released from his UFC contract.
Speaking on The MMA Hour, and reported by MMA Fighting, veteran Heavyweight fighter Frank Mir has gone on record to request to have his deal with the MMA promotion cancelled after 15 years in the business.
The reason? Having fallen foul of USADA drug testing after his April 7 fight versus Mark Hunt, and facing up to a two-year ban from competition, Fir simply feels he has to quit the UFC in order to provide for his family:
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"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 explained.
"...right now I'd like to be released by the UFC so I can continue my career in other avenues.
"It's starting to look very expensive to fight (the suspension), 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."
Bills to pay
Having worked as a colour commentator for WEC and as an analyst for Fox prior to testing positive for oral turinabol metabolites in April, Fir has been banned from continuing that work, as well as fighting in the octagon.
With bills to pay, sitting on his hands with no work for the next two years simply isn't a viable option right now for the former Heavyweight champion.
At 37-years-old, his career may have been over by 2018 anyway, but to have to request his release whilst under suspension is a sad way for his long UFC career to come to an end. Mir holds numerous UFC records, including; most heavyweight wins (16), most first-round finishes (10) and most heavyweight submissions (8). Seeing him bow out like this is not how he wanted things to go:
If the UFC does agree to his request, it will mean saying goodbye to the longest tenured fighter on their books.