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Morning Report: After being granted UFC release, Frank Mir seeking fight with Fedor Emelianenko

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Over the weekend, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir was granted his release from the UFC. The release was a long time coming as Mir had been asking to be let go since last year, after testing positive for oral turinabol metabolites in a USADA test and receiving a two-year suspension which would keep him out of action until April 2018. And now with his release finally granted by the UFC, Mir has big plans for the future.

Speaking with Helen Yee of NBC Sports Radio, Mir addressed his release saying that it was an amicable split with the UFC and that now he has the opportunity to pursue some big fights, most notably one with long-time Pride heavyweight kingpin Fedor Emelianenko.

“We had to come to terms on the situation and the end result was a mutual release. Right now I’m trying to weigh all my options. We talked about who could possibly be opponents out there, so I’m thinking, more or less, what show offers who to fight. Fedor would be an awesome fight. I think we talked about maybe even Brock. So there’s different ideas out there and really there’s just endless possibilities.”

Emelianenko is currently signed with Bellator MMA and last competed at Bellator NYC where he suffered a first-round knockout loss to former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione. Afterwards, Emelianenko said he intends to continue fighting. Mir himself is coming off a pair of losses to Mark Hunt and Andrei Arlovski, and says that despite Mitrione beating Fedor, he’d still prefer a fight with the Pride legend.

“It wouldn’t be my first choice, to be honest with you. I think Matt Mitrione is a super tough guy, very athletic but I think that I’d probably get more pay-per-view buys if I fought Fedor. Mitrione would probably elevate my status more, a victory over him at this point, towards moving up the rankings but I’m kinda past that part of my career. I’d rather fight named fighters and Fedor’s somebody I’ve always wanted to fight and I think that it would be nice to be able to complete that kind of Who’s Who of my resume.”

Bellator CEO Scott Coker has been more than willing to sign a number of fighters unhappy with or released by the UFC in recent years and a former heavyweight champion and multi-talented personality like Mir would be a prime candidate. Mir currently works as a commentator with the Absolute Combat Berkut organization and previously received praise for his work in the booth for WEC. Moreover, Mir says he’s still a long way off from retirement, meaning he could be a long-term asset for Bellator.

“I enjoy fighting. I want to fight for as long as possible. I don’t think I can fight at the same capacity that I fought in the past. The days of fighting three times in a year is probably over with. Once is probably gonna be more or less [the goal], or almost twice or three times in two years. Just enjoy martial arts, enjoy the lifestyle, and fight big fights. . .

“Hopefully until I’m told I can’t do it anymore. I’m thinking maybe 45. If you just handle it smart, I think you can do it.”


TUF 25 Finale. On Friday, Justin Gaethje and Michael Johnson put on the Fight of the Year at TUF 25 Finale, and here are all those results.

UFC 213. Robert Whittaker won the interim belt at UFC 213 on Saturday plus the other results here.

Violence. Justin Gaethje wants fights with Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor for title run.

Gangster. Joanna Jedrzejczyk unsuccessfully tried to fight Valentina Shevchenko on short notice when Amanda Nunes pulled out of UFC 213.

Sinusitis. Amanda Nunes reveals that sinusitis led to her withdrawal from UFC 213.


The best promo the UFC has ever made.

Official MayGregor promo.

Highlights of the insanity.

Free fights.

TMZ roundup.


Beatdown After the Bell. Immediate reaction to UFC 213.

6th Round. Immediate reaction to UFC 213.

Bushido Talk. UFC 213 recap and reaction.


Amanda Nunes’ statement.

And Nunes saying she doesn’t care about Dana’s absurd statement.

Shevchenko’s statement.

Romero handled the loss with extreme class.

The other fight that fell out over the weekend.

Respect a man owning his mistakes.

One of these is objectively false. The other is very debatable.


It really was.

Nate runs this ish.

There's 1 boss here ... @ufc don't forget to repost my shit..

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On brand.


Fighters still do this.

Ryan Hall is ruthless.

But this fight makes sense.

Conor needs a new tailor.

Look, I love a freak show fight as much as the next guy, but c’mon.

Also over the weekend, Paul Harris doing Paul Harris things.


Sara McMann (11-3) vs. Ketlen Vieira (8-0); UFC 215, Sept. 9.


2016: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Don Frye, and Bob Meyrowitz were inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame as was the Mark Coleman vs. Pete Williams fight from UFC 17.


Gaethje-Johnson is almost certainly the Fight of the Year and legitimately one of the best fights I’ve ever seen. I’ve already re-watched it a handful of times and I can wholeheartedly endorse you doing the same.

Oh and Bobby “The Reaper” Knuckles did the damn thing against Romero with a jacked up leg. That is incredibly impressive. We might finally have a middleweight champion who can put together a sustained run (though Mousasi will be a bananas fight).

Back again for another week of MMA action. We’ve got a Bellator and a UFC this weekend plus the debut of the Tuesday Night Contender Series so lots of fisticuffs to enjoy. Take it easy y’all and Conor bless.

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