Like it or not, pro wrestling and MMA continue to dance with each other. And they just got closer with the announcement that former UFC champion and current Bellator heavyweight Frank Mir is getting into the mix.
On Friday, former UFC heavyweight champ Josh Barnett revealed on Twitter that Mir will make his pro wrestling debut April 4 at his Bloodsport event in Jersey City, N.J. The date coincides with the biggest week of the year for pro wrestling, as WWE’s Wrestlemania takes place April 7 at MetLife Stadium in nearby East Rutherford, N.J.
Bloodsport, while staged, is not your traditional form of pro wrestling. It’s more realistic looking and stiff, with the focus on hard strikes and submissions. Matches take place on elevated mats but with no ropes, mimicking the setup in the 1988 Jean-Claude Van Damme film “Bloodsport.”
With his blackbelt in jiu-jitsu and grappling competition background, Mir, 39, figures to be a good fit for the Bloodsport style of pro wrestling. Just last month, Mir tapped out to strikes and lost via TKO to Javy Ayala last month at Bellator 212 for his fourth straight defeat.
Mir has hinted at retiring from MMA, though no official announcement has been made on that front.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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