Image source: Frank Mir Instagram (@thefrankmir)
Long time heavyweight veteran and former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, announces that he is now a free agent.
Mir has most recently been competing under the Bellator banner and had signed a four-fight contract with the promotion. Mir has completed three of those four bouts going 1-2 with losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Javy Ayala before picking up a decision win over Roy Nelson.
Whilst Mir still has one more fight on his deal with Bellator, he said a positive conversation with Bellator President Scott Coker means he is now a free agent and able to explore other options. Despite that, Mir is still planning on fighting his last fight with them even though he’s no longer contractually obligated to do so.
“Basically, I had a good conversation with Scott Coker. I’m still going to have a fight with them, just because there’s a fight left on my fight contract. Scott was very easy to talk to about it; you know their company’s shut down; he hasn’t even left his house in three weeks. So, once they start up, there’s going to be a backlog of fights because they have so many guys on their roster.
So now I’m basically, well not basically, I am a free agent. Even though I would still do fights for Bellator, I’m not beholden to any contract to anybody now. So, I can try out the free market and see whoever opens up to fighting first.”
Mir also gave a hint towards the direction he might be heading in with the newly found free agency saying he has always wanted to fight in Japan.
“It has always been a dream of mine to fight in Japan. I remember watching the old PRIDEs back in the day, and RIZIN looks like they have a card coming up in August. So now I’m opened up to where now I can actually start talking to other companies and seeing where to go, which is great too for commentary stuff, as I know before being exclusive fight-wise with Bellator I think hurt me as far as maybe commentating for the UFC. So now maybe it’ll open up that avenue to where I could start commentary for UFC fights again and other organisations.”
That being said Mir did also suggest the possibility of heading over to Polish promotion KSW and taking on the five-time world’s strongest man in Mariusz Pudzianowski.
“KSW looks like a phenomenal show. Man, their production value is crazy. They have some interesting fights over there in the heavyweight division.
I dunno, fighting the strongest man in the world, Pudzianowski, that would be interesting!”