Frank Mir agrees to join Bellator MMA

Lynette Rowe
August 16, 2017

Another big name from the UFC is apparently heading over to Bellator.

Bellator has added another, former UFC champ to its roster, as Frank Mir's reporting he's signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion.

It's an end of an era in the UFC's heavyweight division as the former UFC heavyweight champion asked for his release from the UFC last month. Following the positive test, Mir was suspended for two years by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), who oversee the UFC's anti-doping program. Despite his claims of innocence, Mir was served a two-year suspension term for his positive test for the banned substance. The promotion is expected to announce Mir's signing "in the coming days".

Mir leaves the UFC with numerous heavyweight records to his credit, including most fights (27), wins (16), stoppages (13) and submissions (eight).

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No official word yet as to when Mir will make his debut with Bellator MMA or who his opponent will be. Several former UFC fighters have signed with the Viacom-owned promotion including Roy Nelson, Benson Henderson, and Ryan Bader.

He had been with UFC for 16 years, first becoming heavyweight champion in 2004.

Mir will be eligible to return to action in April 2018 after his suspension is lifted. Mir holds notable wins over Brock Lesnar, Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic, and an interim championship win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

It looks like Frank Mir has found a new home in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA).

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