UPDATE: Frank Mir explained his decision as well as potential fights with Fedor and Brock Lesnar and Bellator has first right of refusal on any outside fights Mir may want to persue.
Ariel Helwani broke the news that one month after being his granted a release from the UFC, Frank Mir has agreed to terms with Bellator. Bellator is expected to officially announce his signing in the coming days.
Following his March 2016 loss to Mark Hunt in Australia, Mir tested positive for oral turinabol metabolites in a United States Anti-Doping Agency drug test. As a result, Mir is serving a two-year suspension that expires in April 2018. He is not expected to fight for Bellator before then, even though he maintains his innocence.
Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champion, will fight for a non UFC promotion for the first time in 16 years.
Considered one of the greatest big men of all time, Mir has defeated the likes of Brock Lesnar, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Roy Nelson and Mirko Cro Cop.
Mir will become in a long line of known UFC fighters to sign with Bellator. Mir will join the likes of Phil Davis, Matt Mitrione, Benson Henderson, Rory MacDonald, and Gegard Mousasi, among others, who recently made the jump.