The NSAC has clarified the situation regarding the recent rumors that Frank Mir was denied a rematch with Tim Sylvia at UFC 74 this August. Here is what NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer had to say regarding the fight:
“That fight has not been presented to me, and thus no â€˜denialâ€™ has been made. I was asked about the match-up by a reporter and said I would have a hard time approving that fight unless I see a quality win from Mr. Mir first. However, I will keep an open mind. Please note that I approved Mir vs. Hardonk a short while back. I still think that would be a good match-up.”
It appears that the rumors did have a basis in that the matchup would be hard to approve (although not impossible) without Mir first facing a lesser known opponent. In their first matchup Mir won in a mere 50 seconds into the fight after an armbar by Mir broke the arm of Sylvia. In the wake of a motorcycle accident interim champion Andrei Arlovski was declared the undisputed champion stripping Mir of the title without ever defending it.
The fight was seen as a major draw for the UFC 74 event which is headlined by another major heavyweight battle with Randy Couture defending his newly won heavyweight title for the first time against Gabriel Gonzaga.
As of now this fight is in serious jeopardy but whether it is actually confirmed or denied is anyones best guess. Even if it is approved both fighters are nursing major injuries. Mir was forced with withdraw from the previously mentioned fight at UFC Fight Night 9 against Antoni Hardonk due to a shoulder injury while Sylvia recently had a successful back surgery.
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