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Mir Wants to Return for Lesnar Trilogy Fight

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In April of 2016, it was announced that Frank Mir had been notified of a potential USADA violation, and that he could be facing up to two years on the shelf as a result. In the face of this lengthy suspension, Mir seemed to be seriously considering retirement. In the months since this USADA violation was announced, however, he has changed his tune.

In a recent interview with Australia’s Submission Radio, Mir explained that he’s itching to get back to the cage, ideally sometime in early 2018. And while he’ll be closing in on 40 by that point, he still believes he’ll be able to hang with the division’s best. The precedent is there, after all.

“I’m still 37,” he explained. 

Mark Hunt’s doing really well in his early 40’s. For all practical purposes I think [46-year-old] Dan Henderson should probably be the middleweight champion right now [after his close loss to Michael Bisping]. And so, but eventually, I mean let’s be realistic, saying you’re 50 and fighting at a high level probably is still kind of a stretch for human physiology.”

If Mir does return to the Octagon, there is one potential fight that intrigues above all the rest: a trilogy bout with Brock Lesnar. Mir won his first bout with the hulking former champ by submission, and lost the second by TKO. And while Lesnar is currently serving a PED-related suspension of his own, he would be eligible to compete in MMA again by the time Mir is allowed to return to the cage.

“Oh absolutely,” Mir said of a potential rubber match with Lesnar. “But I mean at this point, I just want to go out there and still compete and perform. So fighting Brock, obviously that would be a good money payday cause of his name recognition and the amount of people that would watch and the story behind it. So it makes a lot more sense than some other fights. But at this point, I just want to get back in there and compete.”

Would you be interested in seeing Frank Mir fight Brock Lesnar for a third time? Sound off, PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/24/2017.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.