At a UFC Fight Night event back in March, Frank Mir was knocked out in the first round of a bout with Mark Hunt. It’s been the most recent fight for the former UFC heavyweight champion, as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced on April 7 Mir tested positive for oral turinabol metabolites in a sample from the day of the fight.
While doing commentary for an event in Russia, ACB 48, Mir talked about his current situation with the UFC, stating he wants out of his contract.
"I am [still under contract with the UFC] but I am trying to get out of it," Mir said. "They are not going to utilize me as a fighter, and I am not getting any younger. Even if they do not let me go after my suspension, when I’m up and able to fight again, I really would like to step outside."
Mir said he wants to go out and compete in other places he has never competed in. He also stated he wants to try ventures in combat sports outside of the UFC, including fights in boxing, kickboxing and K-1.
"Fighting here and in Japan are two dreams of mine to be able to accomplish," Mir said. "Fighting in different types of fights [is something I’m interested in]. As of right now, UFC only allows me to fight MMA. I am going to have to retire. Eventually, time is going to catch up to all of us, and I am no different.
"I never got to do a kickboxing match. I have only fought an amateur boxing match. I want to do a professional boxing match. You know, I always wanted to test myself and find out different things. Right now, I am being limited in what I’m able to do before I enter full-time coaching. I want more experience in different aspects of the sport. My goal is to do at least five K-1 rule kickboxing matches, five professional boxing matches before I retire."