According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
The announcement means that after the upcoming season, which begins shooting this month and airs starting in September, Mir will finally get to compete for the belt that was stripped from him in 2005. He was unable to defend it then because of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
"(A title shot) is what I've been struggling to get to since the accident," Mir said. "It's what helped me get through the hardships when I was struggling to come back."
Before fighting Nogueira for the belt, probably on New Year's weekend, Mir will be working with 16 young fighters who share the same dream. The season will again feature fighters from two weight classes -- light heavyweights and lightweights.
Sit tight, puppies. It's going to be a while.