Mir and Arlovski were tapped to fight at UFC 191 on September 5th, following some pretty memorable stoppage wins from both men. More recently, Mir has bombed out “Bigfoot” Silva and Todd Duffee, while Arlovski has taken out Silva and Travis Browne.
Recently Mir appeared on a media call to promote the upcoming bout, and while discussing the match-up, the noted finisher stated (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I thought that actually it mixed up the division by having [Werdum] take over as the champion,” Mir said. “I thought Andrei was actually going to get the title shot, and I thought that was extremely interesting. But for Cain to get the immediate rematch, the guy is a great champion so I guess you give him that opportunity.
“A lot of people want to put it to the oxygen was very thin there, and I don’t know. I wasn’t in Cain’s training camp, I don’t know how much that really contributed to it. I know that Fabricio was fighting in [elevation], so I think that Fabricio just really had a great night.”
Of course Mir wasn’t the only one who was surprised by the Arlovski fight, as initially, Dana White said either the latter or Stipe Miocic would challenge Werdum next. Arlovski has won five straight fights and is currently ranked #4, and Miocic is 4-1 in his last 5 bouts, and is sitting in the #3 spot.
The UFC elected to give Velasquez an immediate rematch with Werdum, however, and that is expected to take place in early 2016. Miocic, meanwhile, is set to face Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 76 on October 24th.
If Mir can take out Arlovski in impressive fashion, then the 36 year-old will be right back in the title shot hunt. Not too many people were predicting that would happen this time last year, after Mir had lost his fourth straight bout.