Bellator MMA is getting ready to launch an exciting tournament grand prix to decide the promotion’s next heavyweight champion. The tournament will feature the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione, Roy Nelson, Ryan Bader, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Muhammad Lawal and Chael Sonnen. Now former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has come forward with his thoughts on being included in the grand prix.
In an interview with MMA Junkie Radio, Mir opened up about being matched against Fedor Emelianenko for the tournament.
“It’s like being a big-game hunter,” Mir told MMAjunkie Radio, when speaking on the subject. “I don’t want to go out there and shoot a little quail. You want to take out the biggest and the baddest.”
“It’s nice to be a fighter again,” Mir continued. “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.”
Mir and Emelianenko will throw down in April, inside the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.