"I don't concede to the fact to just try to put on great fights," Mir said. "An outcome of my drive is to actually work back towards a title. I don't see it as a situation where that is no longer within my grasp.
"The training I'm doing now [considering] where I'm at in life and stuff, being only 34 years of age, I don't really see it as an issue to concede to the fact that 'Oh, I'm only going to fight for it to be an entertaining fight. Just add it on to a card.' That's just not where I'm at in my life."
Mir is set to battle Josh Barnett in the co-main of UFC 164, and a victory would put him right back in the mix.
"I've fought people before who never tapped to submissions," Mir said. "I think you have to have a respect and knowledge of what your opponent is capable of, but at the same time, you can't let it nullify your offense. You can't sit there and second guess yourself and go, 'Well, I'm not going to go for this because he'll obviously block it.'
"I think that's when sometimes respect goes too much into apprehension and it causes you to hesitate. I think you just fight the fight and prepare to know that, 'I'm probably going to have to link four or five or six different attempts together.' Obviously I don't see Josh falling victim to the first submission attempt that I just jump on, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm not going to go and attempt it anyways."
Mir came close to fighting Barnett a decade ago, but his MMA career was derailed momentarily by a motorcycle accident.
"I think if we would have fought back then, I would have given the fight to Josh," Mir said. "I think mentally, I wasn't as prepared and as strong as Josh having a very strong mindset. ... I think it has developed over the years and acknowledging that it was weak to begin with [encouraged me] to even work on it.
"So I think that if I had an opportunity early on in the fight maybe to get him, submission to catch somebody, [I would have been OK], but if the first couple of submissions had failed I think I would have been in a lot of trouble."