Frank Mir would like his last fight card to feature a lot of his loved ones.
The former UFC heavyweight champion revealed on the Fight Night Flashbacks podcast that he intends to schedule his final fight in 2023 and that it would take place on a card that will also feature his daughter Bella, an unbeaten mixed martial artist.
“Next year I’m going to go and fight again because actually, I want to fight once on the same card with Bella, as my last fight,” Mir said. “She can headline the card, I can open it.”
The 43-year-old Mir last battled for Bellator in October 2019, defeating "Big Country" Roy Nelson by a unanimous decision to win that match for the second time in his career. Bella is fresh off back-to-back first-round submission victories and has shined in three professional fights. The 19-year-old submitted Jessica Link by armbar in her most recent match this past June and stated that she hoped to become "a larger icon" than her father, who has been a professional wrestler since 2001.
Dad has no doubts about "Lady's" ability and has even compared her to recently signed UFC fighter Bo Nickal, who is widely seen as a lock to win the championship.
“How many times is [a father and daughter fighting on the same card] going to happen in history?” Mir said. “Barring lightning striking, or a car accident, Bella’s the UFC champ, whatever league she wants to join. It’s a no-brainer. It’s like me when I look at Bo Nickal.”