Despite the reports that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir has officially signed a deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, nothing has been set in stone just yet. Mir’s manager and First Round Management CEO Malki Kawa sent out a tweet officially stating that the 41-year old MMA fight veteran has done no such thing.
Mir (18-13 MMA, 16-11, UFC, 1-2 Bellator MMA) became a household name when he defeated Tim Sylvia to become the youngest UFC Heavyweight Champion at the age of 25 back in 2004. Mir also had a highly publicized rivalry with eventual UFC Heavyweight Champion in his own right in Brock Lesnar after defeating him in Lesnar’s debut at UFC 81 before falling to him at UFC 100 for the heavyweight championship.
Since then, Mir went 8-11 since 2009 in the UFC and Bellator MMA combined. The Jackson-Wink product has a less than memorable tenure with Scott Coker’s promotion with losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Javy Ayala before defeating former UFC heavyweight contender Roy Nelson. Should Mir finally sign with BKFC, this could be a time to try out a new hybrid to get him out of his comfort zone. He is a decorated fighter who holds a black belt in both Kempo Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Not afraid to let the fists fly, Mir has seven knockouts in his MMA career and is looking to add to that one the paperwork is official and is assigned with an opponent.
Mir did try out his hand at individual grappling where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Satoshi Iishi in an eight-minute round match at Quintet 3 back in October of 2018 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. One can only imagine the strength of variety a combat sports fan will have to see their favorite fighters in the many promotions that they can stream on their phone. That is, with the addition of BKFC and the surplus of stars they have signed, how many more will they arm themselves with once they ink Mir, plus how much money will they be able to draw? Stay tuned.