Frank Mir has said that he is open to the possibility of fighting Antonio 'Minotauro' Nogueira for a third, and final, time in Brazil.
The former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion, Mir, hasn't fought since February and is on a four-fight loss streak, and his last victory came back in December 2011 - against 'Minotauro'.
Mir doesn't even mind doing it in front of a packed out Brazilian crowd, the only obstacle is the UFC's acceptance, according to his interview with Globo Esporte.
A last hurrah
"I know that Nogueira wants to have his last fight against me. I have no problem accepting this bout but the UFC would have to agree. Some people could say that I already won twice and I don't need to risk having a loss but won't deny this fight. I know that he would like to make his last appearance in Brazil and not in the USA but it's fine by me. I have fans in Brazil, it wouldn't be a totally hostile territory," he said.
"Two things would lead me to quit fighting. If I start losing for unknown guys, fighters building a name yet. The other would be my children. I have baseball games to watch and school obligations from them to follow. When they become teens I will likely not be fighting. I was unhappy by losing my last four fights but my coach told me to go home, heal my injuries, take a rest, train and re-evaluate everything. That is what I'm doing." He added
Despite Mir telling Esporte that he has no plans of retiring, it would most likely lead to the retirement for both fighters.
'Big Nog' is 38 and took a walloping last time out against Roy Nelson, as 'Big Country' landed a flush right hand that ended the fight in the first round and had many calling for his retirement.
'Big Nog' is adamant that he wants one more fight before he's done and although Mir leads the series 2-0, taking the third fight would avenge those and leave just Fedor Emelianenko, Cain Velasquez and Dan Henderson as his only unavenged losses.
2015 - the year of the comeback?
With Mir eyeing a return to the octagon in 2015, he'll be the latest in a list of big names to ring in the New Year.
Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz will be the headline of UFC 183, after Silva's leg break last year and Diaz's quasi-retirement while he waited to get the next big fight, so he can likely do the same again.
UFC Welterweight champ, Johny Hendricks is due to defend his title against Robbie Lawler as well.
It will be the biggest start to a year ever for the UFC and with the increased drugs test, the UFC will be set for a huge year and barring any big injuries, they could bounce back from a so far drab end to 2014 following UFC 176's cancellation, UFC 177 being butchered and UFC 178 suffering the huge loss of Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier.
The back-end of the year has potential with UFC 180 and 181 with Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum and Chris Weidman-Vitor Belfort but it's still been a quieter year due to the big injuries to stars like Velasquez and Jones.
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