Former UFC champion Frank Mir will not return to the octagon until 2008. Mir’s manager, Dean Albrecht, has informed MMAFrenzy.com (www.mmafrenzy.com) that his return to the UFC will likely come in February or March.
The UFC tentatively has events scheduled for February 2nd in Las Vegas and March 1st in Columbus, Ohio.
With just two fights outside of the UFC, Mir made his debut in 2001, defeating Roberto Traven. After going 4-1 in his next 5 bouts in the octagon he earned the chance to face Tim Sylvia for the vacant Heavyweight Championship. The bout was stopped after just 50-seconds after Sylvia suffered a broken arm, awarding the heavyweight title to Mir.
Before he could defend the title Mir was in a major motorcycle accident, fracturing his leg. As a result of the crash and the extended amount of time he would be required to miss he was stripped of his newly-won title. After sitting out for more than a year and a half Mir returned to the UFC but lost the bout to Marcio Cruz. He won his next fight against Dan Christison but was handed another setback when he was defeated by Brandon Vera late last year.
Mir was victorious in his last fight, defeating Antoni Hardonk by kimura just over a minute into the first round at UFC 74 in August.