Frank Mir suffered a defeat in his Bellator debut when he was stopped by Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 198. The former UFC Heavyweight champion had a good start to the fight and even dropped the Russian just seconds into the fight.
However, Fedor came back strong and stopped Mir later in the first round. The win helped Fedor to advance to the next round of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix while Mir is now on a three-fight losing streak.
Mir opened up about the defeat in the latest edition of his podcast and said that his ego got the better of him during the fight.
“I lost my cool. I let my ego dictate how I fought. 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. It wasn’t like the throw hurt me. It didn’t even really score that much for him. I mean, at that point, if I just would’ve calmed down, I’m still winning the fight that short in because I dropped him. They judge on effective damage, so if the fight had stopped at that moment, I’m still winning on the judges’ scorecards, even with that throw,” he said. (via MMA Fighting)
Hoping to fight in ACB
Mir went on to note that Bellator could offer him a return in October but before that, Mir hopes to fight in another promotion.
“They’re talking about October. 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. Hopefully the next fight up, honestly, I’ll probably not take someone as dangerous as Fedor, get my feet a little bit more underneath me. And then hopefully Fedor, if he goes through and has success and wins the tournament, maybe I can be his first title defense if I’ve strung together some wins.” Mir added.
Mir is currently 18-2 in his career and broke his two-year long hiatus by fighting at Bellator 198.