Frank Mir suffered his third loss in a row at UFC 164, dropping a first round TKO to Josh Barnett in their co-main scrap. Although the loss had it’s controversy, it seemed decisive enough that many fans thought it may be Mir’s last outing. Rest assured, it won’t be.
Mir has been slated to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 167, a card which is rapidly becoming stacked with some of the biggest names in the sport. Overeem is also coming off a loss, after being unable to finish Travis Browne in the early goings at UFN 26, Reem ate a huge front kick and went to la la land shortly after.
The loser of this bout will surely get their walking papers, honestly I’m surprised that Mir is getting another shot. I think the fact that he holds the most finishes/submissions in UFC Heavyweight history has helped him. That record won’t be there forever though, and he badly needs a win to stay employed by the UFC.
Overeem has had an equally rocky road as of late, being knocked out cold in two fights in a row is not going to do you much good. If I’m being honest, Mir doesn’t seem to stand much of a chance against Overeem. Barnett’s clumsy haymakers against the cage will seem like a walk in the park compared to Overeem’s horsemeat fists.
Mir will certainly need to get this fight grounded if he wants any chance of winning, and Overeem will need to stay away from the mat if he wants to stay employed. Since testing positive for He-Man rage DNA PED’s, and having Frank Mir take his title shot against Junior Dos Santos, Ubereem really hasn’t been the same.
His lacklustre performance against Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva was a far cry from the Overeem that beat the belly off of Brock Lesnar. Its funny how the MMA game can pass fighters by, funny but also sad sometimes. Anyway, this is how the UFC 167 card is lining up so far:
Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks for the Welterweight championship
Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler
Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
The event, which will celebrate 20 years of the UFC (*I’m getting old), is looking like a super stacked card so far. This might just be the best year of MMA in recent memory