Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir is coming off of a poor run in Bellator MMA, where he won just one of three fights at.
Mir says he is now a free agent and is willing to fight one more time in Bellator MMA to honor the last bout on his contract.
“Basically I had a good conversation with Scott Coker,” he said on Phone Booth Fighting (via Simon Head of MMA Junkie). “(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 – 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 fighters on their roster. So now I’m basically, 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.”
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion hasn’t revealed which, if any promotions, that he is speaking with at the moment.
If there is one place that Mir would like to fight, it would be in the country of Japan.
“It has always been a dream of mine to fight in Japan,” he said. “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 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 maybe it’ll open up that avenue to where I could start commentary for UFC fights again and other organizations.”
It has been almost two decades since Mir has competed outside of the UFC and/or Bellator MMA, with that last such appearance coming at IFC Warriors Challenge 15 in August of 2001.