Aside from announcing Junior dos Santos defending his UFC heavyweight championship against Alistair Overeem at UFC 146 on May 26, Fertitta also mentioned a heavyweight clash between former champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir.
When asked what was next for Mir, Fertitta simply responded, “Cain.” He did not reveal whether or not the bout was verbally agreed to or signed off, nor did he reveal a date or location, but it is a bout that most people had already speculated about.
Velasquez (9-1) captured the UFC title from Brock Lesnar at UFC 121 in late 2010. He was then sidelined for a year mending from shoulder surgery.
Velasquez returned to face Junior dos Santos at the first UFC on Fox event last November in Anaheim, Calif., where JDS wasted no time ending Velasquez’s reign, knocking him out in little more than a minute.
Mir (16-5) fought a month after Velasquez’s last bout, finishing Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for a second time with an arm-breaking Kimura.
Though Mir failed in his last two title bids, he is currently riding an impressive three-fight streak, which also includes Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Roy Nelson. A win against Velasquez would likely put him right back in the thick of things as far as a title shot is concerned.
With Shane Carwin still recovering from back surgery, whoever wins between Velasquez and Mir will surely join Fabricio Werdum at the top of the list of fighters knocking on the door to the championship.