Breaking Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir Signs With BKFC

Published 09/19/2020, 6:16 AM EDT


Frank Mir burst onto the heavyweight scene in the UFC in November 2001 and won his debut with a submission over Roberto Tavern. Mir fought in the organization for 15 years. In his 15 years with the organization, Frank has been a part of some of the biggest heavyweight fights in the history of the UFC. 

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Now, the former heavyweight champion will join Bare Knuckle fighting championships. The former UFC fighter joins the likes of Paige VanZant, Hector Lombard, and Thiago Alves in a list of big names who have signed with the promotion recently.

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Can Frank Mir flourish with his third major organization? 

Mir was able to realize the ultimate dream when he beat Tim Sylvia via armbar at UFC 48. He won the vacant heavyweight belt. However, he was stripped of his title as he met with an accident that sidelined him for almost two years.


After returning from his accident, Mir put together a string of victories that granted an interim title fight against Nogueira. He stopped Nogueira in the second round of their fight, and in the process became the interim heavyweight title. However, he failed to win the unification bout against Brock Lesnar at UFC 100. 

Mir then fought a few more times for the undisputed and interim titles in the UFC. However, he came up short. Following his last fight in the UFC, a KO loss against Hunt, it was revealed that Mir would sign for Bellator. 

At Bellator, Mir faced the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, and Javy Ayala, both of which he lost. In his final fight with the promotion, he fought Roy Nelson and won via unanimous decision. 

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Frank Mir is truly one of the greats. He has been in there with the best fighters to have ever graced the octagon. Mir has also been a part of many big events and headlined some incredibly memorable cards. 

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How do you think Frank Mir will fare in the Bare Knuckle fighting championships?

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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