"Obviously I thought it was a bad stoppage," Mir said in the UFC 164 post-fight press conference. "We're fighters. If every fight was stopped on any kind of a flash shot or anything like that — actually, I took the knee, and I remember going, 's--- I'm in a bad position.' And that's why I dropped my other knee out from underneath me so that could fall to the ground and make sure I didn't take a second one. I didn't belly out, I didn't flatten out, and I actually tried to redig my underhook so that i could get a single. And I actually looked at the referee stopping it.
"And then at first I thought, maybe I was out? Did I take a bunch of shots that didn't see? And then after watching it, I was conscious the whole time. Even when I stood up I wasn't wobbled, I was completely coherent. So at best your argument is it was a flash knock down. I didn't know fights stopped on that. If that was the case I never would have beaten [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira, I don't think we would have seen Travis Browne knock out [Alistair] Overeem last week. There are too many fights in our sport that are exciting, and you've got to let us fight. I didn't sign up for a tennis match. It's nothing against Josh, he's a great fighter and he did what he had to do."
Later in the presser, Mir said he was mostly disappointed because the fans got robbed of a great fight.
"I got screwed over," Mir said after losing to Barnett at UFC 164. "The fact that I trained so hard for that fight to keep up a pace that I knew I could have driven hard through for three rounds. Say what you will about Jackson's camp and game planning, [but] everybody comes in shape. I showed up in shape on the scale, I showed up in shape out there, with my motivation — it sucks to do everything right and just have the door shut on you."
Barnett sided with Mir on the matter, as he says the bout was stopped too soon.
"It felt great to get this win here in the UFC," Barnett said after finishing Mir at UFC 164. "It's been a long time coming. And it's great to get this match-up with Frank. There's always been a likelihood of me and Frank fighting — we were always top ten in our division, it just never quite worked out until tonight.
"I actually do feel that it was an early stoppage. I would always prefer to get the clean finish."