With the scheduled heavyweight championship fight between Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem now likely not taking place due to Overeem’s drug test coming back positive for testosterone, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has suggested a fighter who he feels would be the perfect replacement opponent- him.
Mir released a statement following Overeem’s drug test results becoming public, even though Overeem has not been officially removed from the matchup. Overeem, who was granted a conditional license prior to his match at UFC 141 in December, was not fully licensed for this upcoming fight in May. Because of that, he was in line to request a license for the fight in May. Now with the news of his positive drug test, that will not be happening.
With that, Mir put his name into the hat to replace Overeem.
“I would be excited if given the opportunity to compete for the UFC’s heavyweight title at UFC 146,” said Mir. “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.”
Mir is coming off of a historic win at UFC 140 against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. In that rematch, Mir submitted Nogueira with a kimura, breaking Minotauro’s arm in the first round. That win extended Mir’s win streak to three, which also includes wins over Roy Nelson and Mirko Cro Cop.
The UFC has not commented on the situation with Overeem, nor has it announced what will happen with any of the currently scheduled matchups.
In addition to the main event featuring the heavyweight championship, all four other bouts on the main card will also be heavyweight matchups, a UFC first.