Frank Mir Ready to Take Alistair Overeem’s Slot in UFC 146 Title Shot

April 4, 2012
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Frank MirFrank Mir is slated to face fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in a No. 1 contender’s bout on May 26 at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, but in light of current challenger Alistair Overeem’s positive drug test result for elevated levels of testosterone, Mir may get a shot a little sooner than expected.

Mir had hoped to defeat Velasquez and then six or eight months down the road get a shot at the winner between current champion Junior dos Santos and Overeem, who were to fight on the same card. But unless something miraculous happens, Overeem is more than likely out of the fight and the UFC will have to tap a replacement for dos Santos.

Mir would be more than happy to step in.

“I would be excited if given the opportunity to compete for the UFC’s heavyweight title at UFC 146 if the reports released earlier today regarding Alistair Overeem failing his ‘A’ sample drug test are true,” Mir said on Wednesday.

“I have been fortunate to be able to fight in the UFC for more than a decade, and it is a dream of mine to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in the UFC. Being able to fight Junior dos Santos would put me one step closer to that dream.”

UFC president Dana White has yet to say what he intends to do, the situation is just too fresh. Right now, he’s still venting.

“It’s beyond — what’s the word I’m looking for — it’s beyond belief. It’s beyond comprehension. You’re an absolute moron, a brain-dead absolute (expletive) dummy. It goes beyond a guy have any common sense whatsoever,” White told the StarPhoenix on Wednesday, still reeling from the news of Overeem’s positive drug test result.

Having just learned of the test prior to talking to the StarPhoenix, White added, “I don’t have a plan-B,” when asked what he intended to do.

Mir would be the most logical choice to replace Overeem in the title fight. Velasquez’s last fight was a knockout loss to dos Santos, so an immediate rematch wouldn’t make much sense. Mir, on the other hand, has won his last three fights and seven of his last nine, including a win over UFC 146 cardmate Roy Nelson.

Just what happens next remains to be seen, but the UFC generally moves rather swiftly in such cases.

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  • The_Sheriff

    I thought Randy Couture was the first 3-Time Heavyweight Champion.

    • afk

      yeah you’re right, randy did it back in ’07 when he chopped down that tree tim sylvia

  • Towers66

    Mir won’t stand a chance against JDS. Sad but true. Nog had his way with Mir standing up, the second fight anyways. JDS will pulverize Mir and put him to sleep. Nice pay day for Mir I’m sure but it will be his last title shot, on fairly short notice. Who will Cain fight if this happens. Cain has got quite a bit of fan pull so I don’t think they would just remove him altogether from the card. Werdum?

    • Lesnardo

      This is the thing.

      Mir’s chin is suspect. If Nog dropped him, imagine what Cain/Reem/JDS can do to him.

      So Mir has two choices. Fight Cain. Get KTFO (70% chance) and become the new Cheick Kongo of the HW division.


      Fight JDS. Get KTFO (90% chance) and then ask for Cain, Werdum, Carwin, or Bigfoot. He is still in the title shot so long as he is fighting those guys.

      Mir has a tendency to worship big wrestlers. This tendency came about after the second Brock fight. For some reason, he thinks BIG + NCAA WRESTLER = WELL-ROUNDED = BEST. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he thinks JDS is a better match up for him JUST BECAUSE JDS is not a BIG WRESTLER. But little does MIr know that he has no chance of surviving round 1 with JDS.

  • If Mir is moved up to a title shot, thus cancelling the contender’s bout, they should announce the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finale will be for the next title shot!

    • Lesnardo



  • pooby

    I’ll be disappointed if Cain doesn’t get to fight another contender on this card.

  • LongDongSilver

    How about the guys who knocked out Fedor recently and is currently waiting for a “Title Shot”. Dan Henderson

    • Lesnardo

      lol! Hendo would get killed. But hey, Hendo makes sense as much as any other alternatives.

  • D-rail

    HUNT (Striker)

    • MaritalArtist

      Absolutely agree….mark hunt has been on a tear lately.

      • Lesnardo

        KOing a tomato can in Chris Tuscherer, a journeymen in Cheick Kongo, and going to distance (losing the first round) with Ben “Fat” Rothwell means “been on a tear lately.”???????

    • mmachoman

      I thought about Hunt as well. If he’s got some ground game to go along with the striking, that’d be a great fight. Hunt won’t stop coming forward and neither will the champ.

      • switchkick

        as much as i’d like to support my fellow kiwi Mark hunt, hes just not up to standard yet… He would be torn apart at the top

  • phrankthetank

    Makes sense, give Mir JDS then pull Travis Browne from his fight with chad Griggs and match him with Cain.

    • pooby

      That would suck if Griggs doesn’t get to fight. I’ve been looking forward to seeing him again.

      Overeem made a big mess of what was a great card.

  • TKD

    Mir is a gatekeeper, at best. Get this douche OUT of the title picture!

    • Lesnardo

      Yeah. He is not a contender. The only reason why we are even hearing this is because Cain already lost to JDS, and Carwin/Brock are injured/out.

      Mir is a fucking douche. He is sooo delusional that he still thinks only big wrestlers can beat him. He thinks JDS is stylistically a better match up for him than Cain. THIS IS TRUE BUT STILL IRRELEVANT!!

      Tigers are stylistically a better match up for me than bears. Therefore, I want to fight a tiger!! I don’t even see Mir lasting the first round with JDS.

      • TKD

        I say give him the title shot (which they probably will anyway). Let him get destroyed, and then dump him. Where does he go after JDS beats him? He knows he won’t beat Cain, so this is his last chance to pull a rabbit out of his ass!

        • Lesnardo

          Mir loses to JDS…this is what he will say,

          “Well, lot of people don’t understand that when there are two 250+ lbs guys slugging it out, one of them can get caught. I was doing well before I got caught. And in a fight game, thinks change in a blink of an eye. I think I am used to being slick and well-rounded and I expect my opponents to go for takedowns, throw kicks, throw an armbar and then switch to an omoplata. With Nog, I was able to reverse him and then submit him. It is a chess match. So because I have that mentality, I wasn’t expecting Junior, who is a BJJ black belt under the Nogueira brothers, to be so one-dimensional. So it is funny but in a sense I over-estimated my opponent. I think I am still a force at HW. And it’s just a learning process. At the end of the day, the top three HWs in the world are me, Cain Valesques, and Junior Dos Santos. And I am a student of the game. So I am going to get back to the gym, try to figure out what went wrong, and make improvements so that I can beat Junior next time. That is the type of message that we as MMA fighters should be sending out to children and youth. We are not some thugs. You know. We are martial artists. And I can say that Junior was a better man tonight. And no, Fedor in prime can’t beat Junior. Cain will beat Junior. And I think I match up well against Cain.”

          • TKD

            LOL! This might be the best answer on this site ever!

  • b-soc

    Mir makes a good storyline. The Nog bros gave Dos Santos his blackbelt. He submits the un-submittable master and his apprentice seeks revenge!!!

    • Lesnardo

      Mir does NOT make a good storyline.

      With Mir and Tito, two of the biggest smack talkers in the history of MMA, a good storyline is them getting their arse beat and getting embarrassed.

      Mir has had his moments when Brock made the scene at UFC 100.

      Tito hasn’t received the same treatment. Randy spanked him but Randy has class so he didn’t do anything crazy like Brock.

  • Sassy613

    Wow..Ok Why is everybody picking Mir? Whether he wins or loses he deserves this fight and if he’s willing to take it just give it to him.Overeem reemed himself and disappointed alot of fans so they have to put somebody in his place…I am a huge fan of Cain but he did get ko’d so should be no rematch at least for a while. But hey if not Mir than Hendo!

  • D-rail

    Cain doesn’t deserve the title shot yet. The way he went in there scared and handed his belt like a kid giving up his lunch money.

    • KBEsq

      Totally agree. In looking at if a former title holder deserves a rematch, you look at three things: (1) the nature of the first fight between the contender and the new title holder; (2) what the contender has done since the loss, and (3) how dominant a former champ the contender was when he was champ.

      (1) Cain got knocked out in 1 min (although I think this is the weakest point, because it could have been a fluke; (2) Cain hasn’t even fought since the loss, so he doesn’t even have one win (3) Cain didn’t even defend his title once.

      Bottom line, I think Cain can beat JDS, but I don’t think he deserves an immediate rematch for the above reasons. He needs at least one fight and a win. Unfortunately, Mir makes the most sense, although I agree he gets beat.