Frank Mir Reports He’s a Free Agent, Expresses Interest in Fighting For RIZIN & KSW
By FCF Staff
Frank Mir will fight under the Bellator banner one more time, but after that, the former UFC champ is interested in fighting for organizations like RIZIN and KSW.
During a recent episode of the Phone Booth Fighting podcast, Mir reported that he’s reached an agreement with Scott Coker, whereby he’ll fight out his current Bellator contract (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“Basically I had a good conversation with Scott Coker,” he said. “(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.”
And while talking about where he would like to fight next, the heavyweight said this.
“It has always been a dream of mine to fight in Japan,” he admitted. “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.”
Mir also said Poland’s KSW “looks like a phenomenal show” and said a bout with strong man Mariusz Pudzianowski “would be interesting!”.
The 40-year-old Mir signed with Bellator in 2018 and to date he’s gone 1-2.