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Zuffa Issues Statement on Mir-Overeem Switch

Frank Mir

When the UFC moved a scheduled UFC 167 showdown between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem to UFC 169, there was not an explanation for the bout’s rescheduling. The UFC’s parent company, Zuffa LLC., sought to explain their reasoning by releasing a statement earlier this week.

Stated Zuffa:

UFC officials announced today that the heavyweight showdown between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem has been rescheduled to UFC 169 on February 1, 2014.

The move was determined in conjunction with the Nevada State Athletic Commission representatives to provide more time following Frank Mir’s recent August 31st competition.

While there was no indication whatsoever that Mir wouldn’t be fully, medically cleared in time to compete on November 16th, UFC officials and Nevada Commission representatives believed that a short postponement would allow both athletes more time to train for the bout.

While Mir was knocked out at UFC 164, it seems odd that he would be the only reason for delaying the bout given that Overeem was also knocked out only two weeks prior at UFC Fight Night 26. However, given that Mir has lost two of his last three by KO/TKO, NSAC is probably requiring additional clearance for the former UFC champion.

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