Bellator MMA will be holding an eight-man heavyweight Grand Prix, in which the winner will be crowned as the new division champion. This tournament will kick-off in January of the coming year and will feature some of the biggest names of the past and present.
This week, the first round of the tournament was announced, and one of the fights that were made is between former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, and a man who has been touted as the greatest of all-time, Fedor Emelianenko.
In a recent interview with MMAjunkie Radio, Mir spoke about the opportunity that has been presented to him, and how he looks at a fight of such magnitude.
“It’s like being a big game hunter,” Mir said of his fight, which has been tentatively scheduled for April. “I don’t want to go out there and shoot a little quail. You want to take out the biggest and the baddest.”
Mir last saw action in March 2016 when he lost to Mark Hunt via first-round knockout. He was later suspended for two years by USADA for failing a drug test. After such a long layoff, the 38-year-old fighter is simply ecstatic to be back in action.
“It’s nice to be a fighter again,” Mir said. “A little bit of limbo was the last year-and-a-half, not having a fight scheduled and not being able to participate. I finally get to fight again. It’s something that, when you don’t get to do what you love, it makes it even worse.”
The tournament will be kicked-off by a fight between former UFC standouts Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Chael Sonnen. It is set to take place at Bellator 192 on January 20th in Inglewood, California.