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Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir parts ways with the UFC

Frank Mir (18-11-0), a former two-time UFC heavyweight champion is no longer a UFC fighter as of July 8.

The veteran of nearly 16 years and 27 fights in the octagon, Mir spoke about his release on the PhoneboothFighting podcast and then made the announcement on his Twitter account.

Mir was flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a March 2016 in-competition sample containing dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), a class of Anabolic Agents banned on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list.

On record maintaining his innocence, Mir claims not to have taken an illegal performance-enhancing drugs (PEDS) and speculating that tainted kangaroo meat eaten in Australia could be the possible cause.

Mir will be eligible to compete in April 2018.

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Frank Mir punches and knocks out Todd Duffee in a file photo. (Todd Warshaw/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

On the podcast, Mir expressed interest in a trilogy fight with Brock Lesnar, fighting Fedor Emelianenko, competing in Bellator, and doing commentating work. Most importantly, he wants to get his career back on track, a primary reason for asking for his UFC release.

@kenaiandrews

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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