Dana White: Frank Mir will replace Alistair Overeem against JDS at UFC 146Posted on April 21, 2012, 09:01 AM by Anton Gurevich
That's according to the UFC President Dana White, who confirmed the news on Twitter:
Taking off to Atlanta!!!! May 26 th is now Mir vs JDS for the HW title in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.— Dana White (@danawhite) April 21, 2012
Alistair Overeem will tell his side of the story on April 24th, appearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in regards to his failed drug test (elevated T/E ratio). UFC decided not to wait for results of the hearing, and booked the fight between Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir.
The identity of Cain Velasquez's new opponent is yet to be revealed, but it is definitely a possibility that the former champ will face Alistair Overeem, if the Dutchman manages to convince the athletic commission next week. If not Overeem, Fabricio Werdum (scheduled to fight Mike Russow in Brazil) seems like the only logical option for Velasquez.
This also brings an official end to #RallyForMarkHunt campaign, which suggested the former K-1 WGP winner as the best replacement for Alistair Overeem. Mark Hunt will now face Stefan Struve on the same card (UFC 146) looking to prove he's a force to be reckoned with in the UFC Heavyweight division.
UFC 146 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 26th, featuring all-heavyweight fight card, with highly-anticipated bouts such as Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva, Shane del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, and Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve.
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