SATURDAY NEWS DIGEST 12/22: Frank Mir considering retirement, Cain Velasquez re-signs, Karyn Bryant headed to ESPN

By Cole Henry, mmatorch Contributor

Dec 14, 2018; Honolulu, HI, USA; Javy Ayala (blue gloves) and Frank Mir (red gloves) during Bellator Hawaii at the Blaisdell Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Wright-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Mir considering retirement?

Frank Mir is without question one of the greatest heavyweights to have ever competed in MMA. He is a multiple time world champion, his longevity is something to be envied, and he has remained popular throughout his career. But on a recent episode of his podcast, Phonebooth Fighting, Mir seemed to hint that the end could be near but first, he would like a rematch with his most recent opponent, Javy Ayala.

“I would actually like to have a rematch with Javy, reason being is because really he was a testing moment for me to feel if I should continue fighting or not, he’s somebody that doesn’t have…obviously every he hits hard, but so does every other heavyweight. But he was picked as an opponent that was a very winnable fight, should be if I’m worthy of still fighting, and so then its really a crossroads for me…”

Mir has been around for a very long time but his recent record has been less than stellar. He is 2-8 in his last 10 fights and hasn’t won since 2015. He’s lost three straight fights by stoppage and at 39 years of age, it will be tough for him to turn things around. Hopefully, Mir gets his rematch with Ayala because he has done enough in his career to deserve at least that, but if he doesn’t get it he will still go down as one of the all-time heavyweight greats.

Cain Velasquez signs extension

Cain Velasquez has signed a four-fight extension with the UFC on the heels of the announcement that he will be returning to action to face Francis Ngannou at the UFC’s debut card on ESPN. Velasquez is a former World Champion and often considered the greatest heavyweight of all time.

Karyn Bryant moving to ESPN

Karyn Brant will be moving from Fox Sports to ESPN and will continue her coverage of the UFC.

Fight Announcements

Cain Velasquez vs. Francis Ngannou confirmed as the headliner for UFC on ESPN 1 on Feb. 17 from Phoenix
Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 214 on Jan. 26 from Inglewood, CA.

Fight of the Day

In case you missed it

-MMATorch Today podcast – David McGrath looks back at 2018 and previews what’s to come in 2019.

-Year in Review – January 2018: Cormier and Miocic defend titles, Nate Diaz teases comeback, Tony vs. Khabib booked.

-David McGrath ranks the top ten female fighters of all time.

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