Frank Mir clashes with Kubrat Pulev in the main event of Triad Combat. This hybrid bout goes down on Saturday, November 27th from Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The Triller Fight Club event also broadcasts live on pay-per-view.
I spoke with Mir ahead of this clash with Pulev. Excerpts from our virtual media day chat are below.
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“Look, I’d be lying if I knew about the Triad (Combat) fight more than 30 days ago. Obviously, it’s new to me and I’m very excited about it. So I’m pushing those waters. I like the BKFC because of the ruleset. The ruleset of allowing the clinch in the boxing. When I first watched (Paulie) Malignaggi fight (Artem) Lobov. I was very interested. I’m like, Okay, they’re clinching and fighting, fighting and clinching. The one thing with adding the gloves, I think takes away that vicious cutting that seems to always occur in the Bare Knuckle fighting.”
Frank Mir continued, “So I think this is best of both worlds. And so if we’re successful on the 27th, which I perceive that we will be, I really want to push forward and do this more.”
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“So my daughter will be there. She’s one of my cornermen. The reason why I do that is because this is what she wants to do for a living. She’s a fighter and she’s already had two professional fights. She’s been pushing back and working on her professional fight career for a little bit. Because she wanted to pursue winning nationals in wrestling and she succeeded in that. So she’s been pushing the wrestling a lot, which I’m a big fan of. Because obviously, we all know how important wrestling is in MMA. But we’re picking back up again. She should be fighting again on December 9th.”
“So she’ll be out there and the reason why is I want her to see what it’s like when I’m competing to be there. Look from the outside so that she could learn about how to deal with stress. With aggression, how to deal with all the different emotions. This is a huge platform we’ll be fighting on here. Hell, Metallica is there. Geez, it’s probably going to be one of the biggest stages I’ve ever been on. And so her being a part of it acclimates her to it. Because then it’s not shell shock when she steps in there for her first UFC title.”
Frank Mir continued, “Sees the amount of people cheering and screaming her name. This won’t be the first time she’s walked out to that. So this is just an advantage that a lot of fighters in her shoes don’t have access to. To be able to walk into a main event. Actually see it, feel it, and be a part of it. Be in the locker room, walk up to that stage. And so that’s why I have her be a part of it. Just one more thing to acclimate her to the intensity of what we do for a living.”
I’ve been enamored with combat sports for as long as I can remember. I’ve hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, Mark Coleman, and more. I’ve been an MMA broadcaster for XFFC as well as BTC and have done play by play commentary on live pay per view on GFL as well as FITE TV. I’ve provided written, audio, and video content covering some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage. I’ve worked as a sports entertainment personality for over five years and given play-by-play or featured promotions of KSW, ONE Championship, TKO, and Invicta FC. My work can be found in the USA Today Sports affiliate MMA Torch, Cageside Press, MMA Sucka, and Liberty Multimedia.