Mir vs. Fedor Targeted as Tourney Bout
Frank Mir’s return bout to MMA after a two-year suspension, and his debut bout in Bellator MMA, may come with quite the stakes.
Mir is being targeted for a bout with the legendary Fedor Emelianenko in April, and this contest will supposedly kick off Bellator MMA’s tournament to crown a new heavyweight champion.
This fight has supposedly been agreed to, with Mir even announcing it on his podcast, but contracts have not been finalized at this time.
A former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Mir is currently on a two-fight losing streak, with his most recent bout coming back in March 2016 against Mark Hunt. After losing to Hunt by knockout in the first round, Mir tested positive dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), and Mir was suspended for two years. After requesting it multiple times, Mir was released by the UFC in late July, and Mir signed a deal with Bellator weeks later.
Mir is eligible to return to action on April 7.
Emelianenko, meanwhile, competed back at Bellator NYC in June, Emelianenko’s first MMA bout on U.S. soil since 2011. At the event, Emelianenko lost via first-round TKO to Matt Mitrione. Emelianenko has been winless in the United States since a win over Brett Rodgers back in 2009 at a Strikeforce event.