Former UFC heavyweight champion and interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir made his long awaited comeback after more than two years of absence. Mir fought MMA legend Fedor ‘the Last Emperor’ Emelianenko at Bellator 198 as a part of Bellator’s heavyweight Grand Prix. His debut was however short lived as Mir suffered a TKO loss within just 48 seconds.
During the recent episode of his Phone Booth Fighting podcast, Mir explained where the things went out of control after initial success.
“That kinda hurt my ego. I gotta admit, it embarrassed me to get tossed through the air like that. So when we got up, I kinda went into street fighter mode. I just started throwing left hand after left hand instead of setting up my strikes and being composed, which, two years since I’ve competed seriously, my composure was not what it should’ve been.”
“That’s probably where the most ring rust came into it, is once I got into a firefight. I just got emotional instead of staying strategic.”
“I lost my cool. I let my ego dictate how I fought,” he added. “Before that, I’m pretty good at being very emotionless and not trying to let that enter it. But once I got thrown through the air, and it was such a highlight-reel kind of throw, my ego was very injured.”
Mir is eager to bounce back, this time however under Russian promotion Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) where he works as a color commentator.
“They’re talking about October,” Mir said of his return date. “I’m like, OK, that’s cool. I would like to get a fight in with ACB before that so I can just get more time clocked under me, so I can get my timing back on for fighting. There’s nothing like it. We can train as much as you want, but there’s nothing like the real thing. I’ve had 40 seconds in the last two years, so I need some more time, some more rounds.”