is plotting his next move, both as a mixed martial artist
and as a commentator.

While the heavyweight veteran still has one fight left on his
current Bellator contract, Mir has essentially been free reign to
test the free agent market despite his intentions to fulfill the
last bout on his existing deal. Mir recently announced the news on
the ”Phone
Booth Fighting Podcast.”

“Basically, I had a good conversation with [Bellator president]
Scott Coker. “[I’m] still going to have a fight with them, just
because there’s a fight left on my fight contract,” Mir said.
“Scott was very easy to talk to about it – their company’s shut
down, he hasn’t even left his house in three weeks – so, once they
start up, there’s going to be a backlog of fights because they have
so many fighters on their roster. “So now I’m basically, not
basically, I am a free agent. Even though I would still do
fights for Bellator, I’m not beholden to any contract to anybody
now. So I can try out the free market and see whoever opens up to
fighting first.”

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Mir halted a four-bout skid in his most recent outing, as he took a
unanimous verdict over Roy Nelson at
Bellator 231 this past October. Mir was finished by Javy Ayala
and Fedor
in his first two appearances with the
California-based promotion.

The 40-year-old Las Vegas resident has his eyes on a couple
destinations, and he is also looking forward to being able to call
fights for different organizations as an analyst.

“It has always been a dream of mine to fight in Japan,” he said. “I
remember watching the old PRIDEs back in the day, and RIZIN looks
like they have a card coming up in August. So now I’m opened up to
where now I can actually start talking to other companies and
seeing where to go, which is great for commentary stuff, as I know
before being exclusive fight-wise with Bellator I think hurt me as
far as maybe commentating for the UFC. So maybe it’ll open up that
avenue to where I could start commentary for UFC fights again and
other organizations.”

In addition to Rizin, Mir also mentioned Polish promotion KSW as an
option – along with a potential booking against former “World’s
Strongest Man” Mariusz

“KSW looks like a phenomenal show,” Mir said. “Man, their
production value is crazy. They have some interesting fights over
there in the heavyweight division.”

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