Frank Mir Granted UFC Release
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir, currently serving a suspension for failing a drug test that he still claims innocence for, has been given his release from the promotion. Mir had been asking for his release from the UFC for about a year now.
"Now, officially, I’m no longer apart of the UFC. I finally have my release, it’s official," Mir said on a recent episode of Phone Booth Fighting, "They put a couple of little contingencies in there. Basically because USADA is not able to regulate or has no ability to do anything outside of the authority of the UFC, they knew that once I was released technically I could go do whatever I want.
"So part of me not having to drag this battle out was I made a concession that I would wait until April, which is when the suspension would’ve ended anyway, to start fighting. Basically not to give a big [expletive] you to USADA I guess."
Mir tested positive for oral turinabol metabolites following a knockout loss to Mark Hunt in March 2016, and he is ineligible for active MMA competition until Spring 2018. Despite this, Mir has stated he is seeking to compete once again.
Up until his release, Mir had been the longest-tenured UFC fighter, first signing with the promotion in 2001.
Mir won the UFC Heavyweight Championship by defeating Tim Sylvia at UFC 48 in June 2004. However, a motorcycle accident forced Mir to be stripped of the title in mid-2005.
Mir revitalized his career by submitting Brock Lesnar in Lesnar’s UFC debut at UFC 81 in February 2008. At UFC 92 in December 2008, Mir defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to win the interim heavyweight title and forced a title unification bout with Lesnar at UFC 100. Mir lost the undisputed title bout.