Mir parts ways with UFC; is there room for a Vera rematch in ONE?

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Frank Mir has officially parted ways with the UFC. Could there be a Brandon Vera rematch waiting for him down the road?

Mir is currently serving a two-year suspension after he tested positive for a prohibited substance in his KO loss to Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane, Australia, in 2016.

In light of this, Mir has said that his best option is to opt out of his current UFC contract, and it looks like he got his wish. According to MMAFighting.com, the former UFC heavyweight champ and the longest tenured fighter on the UFC roster has parted ways with the company.

Since last year, Mir had been very vocal about his interest in fighting in other promotions and even other sports like boxing or K-1 kickboxing post-UFC.

On that note, would it be possible that Mir will find himself opposite Brandon Vera inside the ONE Championship cage in the near future?

This question comes to mind as the two already have a history together. Vera’s stock was at an all time high in 2006 after he handily TKOd Mir in the UFC. At that point, Vera’s hype skyrocketed and Mir found himself at an all-time low, saying that he had lost to someone whom he didn’t think should even be competing at heavyweight. The two have taken very different paths since then: Mir went on to recapture the UFC heavyweight title, and Vera became ONE’s heavyweight champion.

There’s also a link between Mir and ONE in the form of Fil-Am boxing coach Angelo Reyes. Reyes has been the longtime coach of Fil-Am boxing star Ana Julaton, who fought under the ONE banner from 2014 to 2015. Reyes has also been the catalyst for Mir’s recent striking improvements, and could (hypothetically) serve as the bridge between Mir and ONE.

Additionally, ONE is known for signing former UFC athletes even for a one-off fight. With that, seeing Mir vs. Vera 2 happen in the ONE cage isn’t out of the realm of possibility, especially given the promotion’s need for more depth in the heavyweight division.

Mir has plenty of options ahead of him in this new chapter of his life: He already does fight commentary, hosts his own podcast, and has dreams of competing in Russia and Japan. You just can’t help but wonder if Pinoy fight fans will get to see Mir-Vera rematch on Philippine soil.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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