Frank Mir

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Frank Mir
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BornFrancisco Santos Mir III
(1979-05-24) May 24, 1979 (age 39)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm) [1]
Weight261 lb (118 kg; 18 st 9 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Reach79 in (201 cm)
Style American Kenpo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out ofLas Vegas, Nevada, United States
Team Jackson Wink MMA Academy
Trainer Ricky Lundell [2]
Angelo Reyes [2]
Greg Jackson
RankBlack belt in Kempo Karate [3]
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo Pires [3]
Years active2001–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total31
Wins18
By knockout5
By submission9
By decision3
By disqualification1
Losses13
By knockout10
By decision3
Spouse
Jennifer(m. 2004)
Children4
Notable school(s) Bonanza High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Francisco Santos "Frank" Mir III [4] [5] (born May 24, 1979) is an American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler [6] who competes for Bellator MMA in the Heavyweight division. He formerly competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for sixteen years. A former UFC Heavyweight Champion, he currently holds the record for most fights, victories, and submissions in UFC Heavyweight history, and is tied for 4th most UFC victories overall. Mir possessed the longest uninterrupted tenure of any fighter in UFC history. [7] [8] He was the first man to knock out and the first to submit Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. [9]

Mixed martial arts full contact combat sport

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport that allows striking and grappling, both standing and on the ground, using techniques from various combat sports and martial arts. The first documented use of the term mixed martial arts was in a review of UFC 1 by television critic Howard Rosenberg in 1993. The term gained popularity when newfullcontact.com, then one of the largest websites covering the sport, hosted and republished the article. The question of who actually coined the term is subject to debate.

Professional wrestling entertainment form that mimics contact sports

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Bellator MMA is an American mixed martial arts promotion based in Santa Monica, California that is owned and operated as a subsidiary of Viacom. It is one of the largest MMA promotions in the world and features many of the upper echelon athletes in combat sports. Its first event was held in 2009, with 219 "numbered" events held as of March 2019. The word bellator is Latin for "warrior". The company was previously known as Bellator Fighting Championships

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Background

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mir began training and competing in American Kenpo at a school owned by his parents, earning his black belt as a teenager. [10] [11] Mir's father was a Cuban-born wrestler of Moroccan and Russian heritage, who played a major role in convincing him to begin wrestling on the basis that it could help him avoid submissions. Mir joined the wrestling team at Bonanza High School during his junior year and lost his first nine matches. [12] During his senior year (1998) he went 44–1 and won the state championship. [12] Mir played fullback and defensive end on the school's American football team, which reached the Southern Zone semifinals in 1997. He also competed in track and field; his discus throw of 177 feet, 10 inches (54.20 meters) is still a Sunset Regional record. [12]

American Kenpo Martial arts based on modern day street fighting

American Kenpo, also known as Kenpo Karate, is an updated system of martial arts based on modern-day street fighting that applies logic and practicality. It is characterized by the use of quick and powerful strikes delivered from all of the body's natural weapons, powered by rapid stance transitions, called "shifting." Beginners are introduced to basic attack responses, which comprise a larger system taught through scripted scenarios, which allow instructors a platform to share concepts and principles Ed Parker emphasized in his teachings.

Cuba Country in the Caribbean

Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a country comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean meet. It is east of the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), south of both the U.S. state of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti and north of both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Havana is the largest city and capital; other major cities include Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey. The area of the Republic of Cuba is 110,860 square kilometres (42,800 sq mi). The island of Cuba is the largest island in Cuba and in the Caribbean, with an area of 105,006 square kilometres (40,543 sq mi), and the second-most populous after Hispaniola, with over 11 million inhabitants.

Moroccans, ancient names Spanish: Moros and English: Moors and Moorish People are a Maghrebi ethnic group inhabiting or originating from Morocco that share a common Moroccan culture and Maghrebi ancestry. The overwhelming majority of Moroccans are of Arab-Berber descent; however, many identify as Arabs or Arabized Berbers.

Mixed martial arts career

Mir met UFC matchmaker Joe Silva at a Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) school. Silva saw potential in Mir and suggested that he compete in mixed martial arts. Mir made his professional debut against Jerome Smith at HOOKnSHOOT: Showdown on July 14, 2001. Mir won the bout by unanimous decision after two rounds. He won his second fight by triangle choke in the first round, against Dan Quinn at IFC Warriors Challenge 15 on August 31, 2001.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu martial art focusing on grappling and ground fighting, originally based on Kodokan judo newaza taught by Japanese judoka, that developed independently in Brazil from experimentation and adaptation by Carlos and Hélio Gracie, Luiz França, etc.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling with particular emphasis on ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was developed from Kodokan judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of Japanese individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda, Soshihiro Satake, and Isao Okano. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own defined combat sport through the innovations, practices, and adaptation of judo.

HOOKnSHOOT was a mixed martial arts promotion based in the Evansville, Indiana, United States. It was one of the first MMA organisations in the United States to allow Women's MMA.

Dan Quinn is a retired American professional mixed martial artist, boxer, and former collegiate football player. Quinn is notable for his advocacy of Stevia as a performance-enhancing substance and fat burner.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

On November 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage, Mir made his UFC debut against 6th degree BJJ black belt Roberto Traven. Traven had previously competed in the UFC (at UFC 11 ) and was the 1999 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship open class champion. [13] Mir defeated Traven by armbar at 1:05 of round one, earning "Tapout of the Night" in the process. Mir's next UFC match was against Lion's Den fighter and eight-time UFC veteran Pete Williams at UFC 36: Worlds Collide on March 22, 2002. Mir submitted Williams in 46 seconds with an inside shoulder lock that has since been named after himself. [14] It was the only submission loss of Williams' career. [15]

UFC 34 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2001

UFC 34: High Voltage was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 2, 2001.

Roberto Traven Brazilian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and mixed martial arts fighter

Roberto "Spider" Traven is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist whose fighting style is based in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission wrestling. He was a sporty person growing up, it took him 16 years to find Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but straight away he picked up tuition with one of the most highly decorated coaches of all time, Romero Cavalcanti AKA “Jacaré”. His natural ability for BJJ was clear from the get-go and the fact that he was obstinate made a recipe for a good fighter. Training 3 times per day alongside other historical figures such as Fabio Gurgel, Leo Vieira, Jamelão and many others, Traven managed to reach the grade of black belt within 4 years, an almost record breaking time frame in BJJ.

UFC 11 UFC mixed martial arts event in 1996

UFC 11: The Proving Ground was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on September 20, 1996, at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Georgia. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on home video.

Mir faced Ian Freeman in London, England, at UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall on July 13, 2002. Despite several leglock attempts by Mir, Freeman achieved side control four minutes into the first round and landed numerous punches and elbows to Mir's head. A time out was called due to a cut on Mir's face. After Freeman separated, the referee signaled to Mir to stand back up and stopped the fight after Mir struggled to do so.

Ian Freeman English mixed martial arts fighter

Ian William Freeman is a retired English mixed martial artist who was the Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion and the final Cage Rage British Light Heavyweight Champion. He was the first British person to fight in the UFC, as well as the first person to beat Frank Mir, temporarily halting the young star's rise to Mixed Martial Arts superstardom, as Mir later went on to become UFC Heavyweight Champion.

UFC 38 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2002

UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, United Kingdom, on July 13, 2002. The event was seen live on pay-per-view in the United States, and was later released on home video.

Leglock

A leglock is a joint lock that is directed at joints of the leg such as the ankle, knee or hip joint. A leglock, which is directed at joints in the foot, is sometimes referred to as a foot lock and a lock at the hip as a hip lock. Leglocks are featured, with various levels of restrictions, in combat sports and martial arts such as Sambo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, catch wrestling, mixed martial arts, Shootwrestling and submission wrestling, but are banned in some sports featuring joint locks such as judo.

Mir then faced Tank Abbott at UFC 41 on February 28, 2003. Mir submitted Abbott with a toe hold in 46 seconds. On June 26, 2003, Mir fought Wes Sims at UFC 43: Meltdown . Mir won by disqualification at 2:55 of the first round after Sims stomped on Mir's jaw following a slam escape of an armbar attempt by Mir. They would rematch at UFC 46: Supernatural on January 31, 2004. Mir won by knockout at 4:21 of the second round.

Tank Abbott American professional wrestler and MMA fighter

David Lee Abbott is an American retired mixed martial arts fighter, professional wrestler, and author. He currently hosts his own podcast series titled "The Proving Ground with Tank Abbott." Abbott is perhaps best known for being an icon in the early stages of mixed martial arts and the UFC, but has also competed in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Strikeforce, EliteXC, and Cage Rage. He has described his fighting style, which he developed brawling in the bars and streets of Huntington Beach, California, as "Pit Fighting". Abbott was the first fighter to regularly wear what would be known as traditional MMA gloves in the UFC. He also authored a novel titled Bar Brawler.

UFC 41 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2003

UFC 41: Onslaught was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 28, 2003, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on DVD.

UFC 43 UFC mixed martial arts event in 2003

UFC 43: Meltdown was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on June 6, 2003, at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United States, and later released on DVD.

Heavyweight championship

On June 19, 2004, Mir faced Tim Sylvia for the vacant UFC Heavyweight Championship at UFC 48: Payback . [16] Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight 50 seconds into the first round after Mir broke Sylvia's right forearm with a straight armbar. Sylvia initially protested the call but relented following a replay of the break. [17] He was taken to a nearby hospital where an x-ray showed that his arm was broken in four places, two in both the radius and ulna bones of his right forearm. Sylvia underwent surgery later that week. [17] Mir earned his BJJ black belt from Ricardo Pires following this performance. [18]

Motorcycle injury

On September 17, 2004, Mir was knocked off his motorcycle by a car. The accident caused two breaks in Mir's femur and tore all the ligaments in his knee. [19] An Interim Heavyweight Championship was created while Mir recovered from surgery, which Andrei Arlovski won by defeating Tim Sylvia via first round submission. [20] On August 12, 2005, the UFC learned that Mir would not be able to face Andrei Arlovski in October as scheduled and stripped him of the title after 14 months, promoting Arlovski to undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion. [21] In 2010, Mir told FIGHT! Magazine that he was grateful for the accident as it gave him time to be with his wife. [22]

Return to the UFC

In his first bout since the accident, Mir fought 4th degree BJJ black belt and six-time Mundials Champion Márcio Cruz at UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 on February 4, 2006. [23] In a shocking upset, Mir was defeated by first round TKO. He returned to the octagon on July 8, 2006, at UFC 61: Bitter Rivals against Dan Christison. [24] Mir won by unanimous decision when all three judges scored the bout 29–28. [25] Mir was widely criticized following the bout due to his sloppy appearance and inability to finish a seemingly mismatched opponent. Despite the criticism, Mir was subsequently matched with Brandon Vera at UFC 65: Bad Intentions to determine the number one contender. [26] Mir showed improved striking ability but was quickly stunned by a straight right from Vera, [27] who then dropped him with knees from the Muay Thai clinch. Vera then secured side control and delivered a number of punches and elbows, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 1:09 of the first round. While preparing for UFC 140, Mir attributed his poor performance in his initial return bouts to lingering health issues following the accident. [28]

Rise back to title contention

Mir was scheduled to fight kickboxer Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9 on April 5, 2007, but had to drop out due to a shoulder injury. [29] He faced Hardonk at UFC 74 and won via kimura at 1:17 of the first round. [30] At the end of the bout, Mir walked to the cameras pointing at himself saying "I'm back!". Frank's wife Jennifer was shown on the replay screaming and crying with joy when Frank secured the kimura and the fight was stopped.

On February 2, 2008, at UFC 81, Mir welcomed former WWE wrestler Brock Lesnar to the octagon for Lesnar's highly anticipated debut. It took Lesnar less than 10 seconds to shoot for a takedown and muscle Mir to the mat. However, seconds after Lesnar began to unload strikes from Mir's half guard, referee Steve Mazzagatti controversially deemed that there were some illegal punches landed to the back of Mir's head, drawing a foul and a one-point deduction. [31] [32] The fighters were ordered to stand up, and Mir was given a brief recovery period. As the fight resumed, Mir was almost instantly dropped with a big punch from Lesnar. Lesnar continued to land punches on Mir and shucked off Mir's armbar attempt before moving to a stacked guard. It was here that Mir caught Lesnar with a kneebar, causing Lesnar to tap out at 1:30 of the first round. [33] Mir was awarded with Submission of the Night honors. [34]

The Ultimate Fighter season 8

Spike TV announced on May 12, 2008, that former UFC champion Frank Mir would face off with the current UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion and former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira as the coaches for the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter. [35] The season, which premiered on Spike TV on September 17, returned to the two weight class format. It featured Light heavyweight and Lightweight fighters. [36] Production on season eight began in late May, with the entire cast announced in September, and concluded in December. [36]

Second heavyweight championship

Mir fought his fellow Ultimate Fighter coach, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, at UFC 92 for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. [37] This bout was part of a mini-Heavyweight tournament, often hyped by UFC president Dana White. The winner of this fight would then face the winner of the match between the Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and Brock Lesnar. Lesnar defeated Couture by TKO in the second round, earning him the Heavyweight Championship belt in the process and setting him up to face the winner of Nogueira/Mir to unify the belts. [38]

"I wish I could make the statement that 'the odds were against me, but you never quit.' It was not true. I wanted to give up."

-Frank Mir, talking about his career ups and downs. [39]

In the fight with Nogueira, Mir showcased vastly improved striking, particularly his boxing, knocking down the Brazilian twice in the first round and once in the second. [39] [40] Herb Dean stopped the match at 1:54 of the second round, declaring Mir the winner. [40] Nogueira's loss marked the first time he had lost a fight due to strikes. [41] In a post-fight interview, Mir credited his improved striking to a drastic improvement in conditioning. [42]

Two days after the fight, Dana White revealed in an interview that "Nogueira had just gotten over a Staph infection." [43] Nogueira himself verified this fact several months later in his own interview, stating that he had a staph infection "20 days before the fight, [requiring] 5 days in the hospital." When asked if this infection affected his fight, he answered, "For sure." In addition to this illness, his knee was injured during training, for which he had surgery in February 2009. Despite these handicaps, Nogueira offered strong praise for Mir's performance, with particular credit given to Mir's ability to maintain "very good distance." [44]

Heavyweight championship unification

Mir's victory over Nogueira set in place a re-match with the UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. [45] However, Mir stated, that in his opinion, holding victories over former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92 and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 81 is enough to recognize him as the owner of the "real belt." [46] Mir was originally scheduled to fight Lesnar at UFC 98 On May 23, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada, however, he sustained a knee injury during training which required arthroscopic surgery and the removal of bone chips from his knee. The rematch against Lesnar was therefore rescheduled for UFC 100 on July 11, 2009. The show would break many UFC records in terms of PPV sales and is in the top 3 best selling UFC PPV of all time. [47]

At UFC 100, Mir was lively on his feet but proved unable to counter Lesnar's wrestling and positional dominance. Lesnar dominated the first round with superior wrestling. In the second round, after being allowed to stand up, Mir landed a combination, ending with a turning right elbow which forced Lesnar to look for a clinch. Mir took this opportunity to attempt a jumping right knee, which landed, but ultimately resulted in Lesnar securing another takedown. After a short period of recovery from the knee, Lesnar pinned Mir up against the cage and delivered multiple unanswered heavy blows to his face, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight via TKO at 1:48 in the second round. With the win, Lesnar became the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion. [48]

"A lot of individuals are so worried about being politically correct. I'd rather go ahead and say what's on my mind than to sit there and come up with some PC 'Oh, the guy is a great fighter, and I have a lot of respect for him.' If I don't mean it, why is it even coming out of my mouth? ... I want to fight Lesnar. I hate who he is as a person. I want to break his neck in the ring. I want him to be the first person that dies due to Octagon-related injuries. That's what's going through my mind."

-Frank Mir after UFC 107. [49]

Mir vs. Kongo

Mir had his next fight against Cheick Kongo on December 12, 2009, at UFC 107. Two months prior to this fight, Mir replaced his striking coach Ken Hahn with boxing trainer Jimmy Gifford. Mir was expected to weigh 20 to 25 lbs heavier than usual, due to the strength and conditioning program that he had undertaken to improve his muscular frame. As expected, Mir weighed in for his fight against Kongo at 264.5 lbs. At the weigh-ins, Kongo refused to face Mir during the traditional stare-down before the fight. During the fight, Mir stunned Kongo with an overhand left early, dropping him and swarming to secure a guillotine choke victory at 1:12 in the first round. Kongo refused to tap and was rendered unconscious by the choke. [50] In the post-fight press conference, Mir expressed his desire to fight a rubber match with Brock Lesnar. [51] Mir later created controversy after commenting that he wanted to break Lesnar's neck, so that he would become the first mixed martial artist to die in competition. [52] Mir later made an apology for his comments after being admonished by Dana White. [53]

Interim Heavyweight Championship bout

Mir faced Shane Carwin for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship on March 27, 2010, at UFC 111. [54] After a brief standup exchange, Carwin pushed Mir against the cage, where he delivered several short uppercuts to Mir's chin. Mir lost the fight via knockout at 3:48 of the first round. [55]

Second rise back to title contention

At a UFC Fan Expo, Mir said he briefly considered dropping down to the Light heavyweight division, although he later confirmed he would remain at Heavyweight. [56] He was expected to face Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on September 25, 2010, at UFC 119 in a rematch of the Interim Championship bout which Mir won via TKO at UFC 92. [57] Nogueira pulled out of this fight due to knee surgery and was replaced by Mirko Cro Cop. [58] Mir defeated Mirko Cro Cop via third-round knockout, earning the win with a knee from the clinch in a largely uneventful fight in which neither fighter was able to deliver any significant offense. [59]

Mir faced former IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson on May 28, 2011, at UFC 130. He won via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–26) by using superior control and constant pressure. Mir showed improved wrestling by pushing Nelson against the cage, completing a Judo hip throw and securing several takedowns in the third round. Mir landed several hard knees and elbows from the Muay Thai clinch throughout the bout but was unable to finish the durable Nelson. [60] [61]

"I had a strong inclination that he Nogueira was not going to tap, so I took a deep breath and you guys saw what happened. I was being a little too reactionary. When he caught me with the right hand, at that point, it turned into a war. I started to move around, and he wanted to play jiu-jitsu with me. I’m pretty good on the ground."

-Frank Mir at the UFC 140 post-fight press conference. [62]

A rematch with Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira took place on December 10, 2011, at UFC 140. [63] In the bout, Mir was dropped during the first round by a punch from Nogueira, and the bout was nearly stopped. Mir quickly recovered and gained superior positioning, defeating Nogueira by kimura at 3:38 of round 1, snapping Nogueira's arm in the process, as Nogueira refused to tap. [64] Along with being the first fighter to have finished Nogueira via knockout, Mir became the first fighter to have defeated Nogueira via submission in mixed martial arts. [65] The victory also earned Mir Submission of the Night honors. [66] [67] UFC President Dana White called it the "submission of the century" at the post-fight press conference. [62]

Third title shot and beyond

Mir was expected to face Cain Velasquez on May 25, 2012, at UFC 146. [68] However, on April 20, 2012, Dana White announced that Mir would face Brazilian Junior dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, replacing kickboxer Alistair Overeem. On May 11, 2012, UFC Primetime returned to promote the fight between Mir and dos Santos, and concluded on May 25. [69] In their fight, dos Santos was able to use superior foot work to strike in and out before Mir could mount any significant offense. [70] Mir lost the fight via TKO in the second round [70] and said he would have to go back to the drawing board to continue his career.[ citation needed ]

Later in 2012, the UFC announced that Mir had been given a one fight sabbatical to compete under the Strikeforce banner to challenge Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion Daniel Cormier. [71] The bout with Cormier was expected to take place on November 3, 2012, at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir. [72] However, on September 19 it was revealed that Mir suffered an injury in training and was forced to pull out of the bout. [73] The bout with Cormier was rescheduled for April 20, 2013, at UFC on Fox 7. [74] Mir lost the fight by unanimous decision. [75]

Mir faced returning former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett on August 31, 2013, at UFC 164. [76] Mir lost via TKO in the first round. [77]

Mir was scheduled to face Alistair Overeem on November 16, 2013, at UFC 167. [78] However, the pairing was moved to February 1, 2014, at UFC 169. [79] Mir lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Mir was expected to face Antônio Silva on February 28, 2015, at UFC 184. [80] However, the bout with Silva was moved up a week and served as the event headliner for UFC Fight Night 61. [81] Despite being the betting underdog, Mir won the fight via knockout in the first round, dropping Silva with a left hook and finishing him with a barrage of ground and pound. [82] Subsequently, Mir won a Performance of the Night bonus. [83]

Mir faced Todd Duffee at UFC Fight Night 71 on July 15, 2015. [84] He won the fight via knockout in the first round after dropping Duffee with a straight left. Referee "Big" John McCarthy immediately stepped in to stop the fight as Duffee face planted onto the mat. Mir earned his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus. [85] [86]

Mir faced Andrei Arlovski on September 5, 2015, at UFC 191. [87] He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision, although some, including UFC president Dana White, scored the fight in his favor. [88] [89] 12 of 15 media outlets, however, scored the bout in favor of Arlovski. [90]

Mir faced Mark Hunt on March 20, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 85. [91] He lost the fight via KO in the first round. [92] On April 7, 2016, Mir was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that the sample he submitted the day he fought Hunt in Brisbane, Australia, tested positive for oral turinabol metabolites. In a statement, Mir responded, "I don't know how that is possible as I do not take any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs)." [93]

Speaking in early 2017 Frank Mir opened up to a radio show about retirement rumors indicating he was still interested in actively competing, and a potential comeback. Mir indicated interest in a third Brock Lesnar fight. [94]

On July 8, 2017 Mir announced that he had been granted his release from the UFC after nearly 16 years with the promotion, despite having six fights left on his contract. [95] [96]

Bellator MMA

On August 16, 2017, it was announced that Mir had signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA. [97]

In his debut fight for the promotion, Mir faced Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 198 on April 28, 2018. The bout was part of the opening round of the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament. [98] He lost the fight via TKO in round one. [99]

In his second fight for the promotion, Mir faced Javy Ayala at Bellator 212 on December 14, 2018. [100] Mir successfully won the first round by taking Ayala down and controlling him on the ground. However, Ayala rallied in the second round and Mir eventually lost by TKO after tapping to punches that caused an alveolar ridge fracture. [101]

Professional wrestling

In January 2019, Josh Barnett announced via Twitter that Mir would be making his professional wrestling debut for Game Changer Wrestling (GCW), an independent promotion that features worked matches presented in an MMA style. It will be under the "Bloodsport" banner, as due to Matt Riddle signing with the WWE, Barnett took place as the host. Mir's debut will coincide with WrestleMania 35 weekend on Thursday, April 4th. [6] On March 17, it was announced that Mir's debut match would be against former UFC Superfight Champion and former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dan Severn. [102]

Personal life

Mir and his wife Jennifer have three children together, and Jennifer has a son from a previous relationship whom Mir adopted. [103] [104] Mir is an atheist [105] and Libertarian. [106] He followed a vegan diet for a year [107] but switched to a Paleo diet due to lack of energy. [108] He suffers from low testosterone and underwent testosterone replacement therapy from 2012 until its banning in 2014. [109] Mir worked as a bouncer at the Spearmint Rhino in Las Vegas before entering the UFC [110] and continued to work there as Director of Security while pursuing his UFC career. [111] In January 2016, it was announced that Mir would be inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame. [112] [113]

Color commentary

Frank Mir was a color commentator for World Extreme Cagefighting until WEC 47, when he was replaced by Stephan Bonnar. [114] [115] In June 2012, Mir stated in an interview with The Chronicle-Journal that he wants to pursue commentary after he retires from fighting. [116] "I like analyzing fights, and I like doing color commentating," he said. "It’s an opportunity I would take advantage of when I run into it. Hopefully it’s something I can do full time". [117] Mir is now the color commentator for Absolute Championship Berkut. [118]

Championships and achievements

Mixed martial arts

Submission grappling

Amateur wrestling

Mixed martial arts record

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss18–13 Javy Ayala TKO (submission to punches) Bellator 212 December 14, 201824:30 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss18–12 Fedor Emelianenko TKO (punches) Bellator 198 April 28, 201810:48 Rosemont, Illinois, United StatesBellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Loss18–11 Mark Hunt KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir March 20, 201613:01 Brisbane, Australia
Loss18–10 Andrei Arlovski Decision (unanimous) UFC 191 September 5, 201535:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win18–9 Todd Duffee KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee July 15, 201511:13 San Diego, California, United StatesPerformance of the Night.
Win17–9 Antônio Silva KO (punch and elbows) UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir February 22, 201511:40 Porto Alegre, BrazilPerformance of the Night.
Loss16–9 Alistair Overeem Decision (unanimous) UFC 169 February 1, 201435:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss16–8 Josh Barnett TKO (knee) UFC 164 August 31, 201311:56 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Loss16–7 Daniel Cormier Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez April 20, 201335:00 San Jose, California, United States
Loss16–6 Junior dos Santos TKO (punches) UFC 146 May 26, 201223:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win16–5 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Technical Submission (kimura) UFC 140 December 10, 201113:38 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaSubmission of the Night.
Win15–5 Roy Nelson Decision (unanimous) UFC 130 May 28, 201135:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win14–5 Mirko Cro Cop KO (knee) UFC 119 September 25, 201034:02 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Loss13–5 Shane Carwin KO (punches) UFC 111 March 27, 201013:48 Newark, New Jersey, United StatesFor the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win13–4 Cheick Kongo Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 107 December 12, 200911:12 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Loss12–4 Brock Lesnar TKO (punches) UFC 100 July 11, 200921:48 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States UFC Heavyweight Championship unification bout.
Win12–3 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira TKO (punches) UFC 92 December 27, 200821:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win11–3 Brock Lesnar Submission (kneebar) UFC 81 February 2, 200811:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesSubmission of the Night.
Win10–3 Antoni Hardonk Submission (kimura) UFC 74 August 25, 200711:17 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss9–3 Brandon Vera TKO (knees and punches) UFC 65 November 18, 200611:09 Sacramento, California, United States
Win9–2 Dan Christison Decision (unanimous) UFC 61 July 8, 200635:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss8–2 Márcio Cruz TKO (punches) UFC 57 February 4, 200614:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win8–1 Tim Sylvia Technical Submission (armbar) UFC 48 June 19, 200410:50 Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesWon the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Later stripped of the title due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.
Win7–1 Wes Sims KO (knees and punches) UFC 46 January 31, 200424:21 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win6–1 Wes Sims DQ (illegal stomping) UFC 43 June 6, 200312:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win5–1 Tank Abbott Submission (toe hold) UFC 41 February 28, 200310:45 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss4–1 Ian Freeman TKO (punches) UFC 38 July 13, 200214:35 London, England
Win4–0 Pete Williams Submission (inside shoulder lock) UFC 36 March 22, 200210:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win3–0 Roberto Traven Submission (armbar) UFC 34 November 2, 200111:05 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win2–0 Dan Quinn Submission (triangle armbar)IFC 15August 31, 200112:15 Oroville, California, United States
Win1–0Jerome SmithDecision (unanimous)SF 11July 14, 200125:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tim Sylvia
10th UFC Heavyweight Champion
June 19, 2004 – August 12, 2005
Stripped of title due to motorcycle accident injury
Vacant
Title next held by
Andrei Arlovski
Preceded by
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
3rd UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion
December 27, 2008 – July 11, 2009
Lost unification bout against Brock Lesnar
Vacant
Title next held by
Shane Carwin