Frank Mir
Inches closer to retirement
HeavyweightBellator
December 15, 2018
Mir lost to Javy Ayala via submission (punches) at 4:30 of Round 2 at Bellator 212 on Friday in Honolulu.
ANALYSIS
Mir came into this fight with a clear strategy, and it seemed to be working for him early in the fight. He scored a takedown early in the first round and threatened with some submissions. However, he was not able to hold Ayala down. Towards the end of the round, Ayala escaped to his feet and unloaded with some strikes. Mir looked exhausted and continued to eat punishment in the second round. Mir eventually submitted due to strikes and bowed out of the fight. Mir is now riding a four-fight losing streak which includes two losses in the UFC and two in Bellator. He certainly appears to be getting closer and closer to retirement.
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Falls in a brawl against Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 198
HeavyweightBellator
April 28, 2018
Mir lost to Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (punches) at 0:48 of Round 1 at Bellator 198 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
It is hard to say that Mir started off well when he lost in 48 seconds, but that is pretty much what happened. He came across the cage at the start and dropped Emelianenko with some punches. The former Pride FC champion recovered and grabbed a clinch. After a samba throw from Emelianenko, the fighters returned to their feet. Mir rushed him again. This time Emelianenko caught Mir with an uppercut and finished the fight. Mir has now dropped three fights in a row and has not won since 2015.
Will fight at Bellator World Grand Prix
HeavyweightBellator
November 19, 2017
Mir will fight with seven other heavyweight for the Bellator belt at The Bellator World Grand Prix 2018 Heavyweight Tournament. He will face Fedor Emelianenko in April.
ANALYSIS
Mir (18-10) was released from the UFC in July only to join the Bellator roster in August. He has been serving a two-year suspension for the use of PEDs, which will be up in April 2018. The former two-time world champion set records with the UFC and faced the likes of "Bigfoot" Silva and Brock Lesnar. He may suffer from a little ring rust though from his time off. We'll see how he fares against the other competitors -- Quinton Jackson, Roy Nelson, Chael Sonnen, "King Mo," Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Mitrione and Ryan Bader.
Agrees to deal with Bellator
HeavyweightBellator
August 15, 2017
Mir agreed to a deal with Bellator on Tuesday, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After being granted his released from the UFC in July, the 38-year-old will head to Bellator for an opportunity to rehab his image following a positive test for PEDs last year. While Mir has maintained his innocence, he's in the midst of serving a two-year ban from the sport, which is set to expire in April of 2018. As such, Mir will be unable to fight until after that date.
Released from UFC
HeavyweightBellator
July 11, 2017
Mir announced via his personal Twitter account on Saturday that he has been granted release from his UFC contract.
ANALYSIS
Mir was facing a two-year suspension from the UFC due to an allegedly failed drug test by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Although he has claimed innocence throughout the investigation, Mir decided to ask for a release from the UFC and go into retirement instead. The veteran's request was granted. Mir will go down in history with the record for most wins (16) and finishes (13) in the heavyweight division. His retirement follows a spectacular career.
Requests release from UFC
HeavyweightBellator
July 5, 2016
Mir revealed on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Tuesday that he has requested his release from the UFC.
ANALYSIS
Mir is facing a two-year ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for allegedly failing a drug test, although the veteran heavyweight has asserted his innocence throughout this ordeal. If the suspension holds, Mir would be 39 years old by the time he's eligible to fight again, so the longest-tenured UFC fighter instead appears to be leaning towards retirement. If this is truly the end for Mir, he'll finish a spectacular career in which he has accumulated the most wins (16) and finishes (13) in the history of the heavyweight division.