The UFC is gearing up for a super show at UFC 167. A big fight has been added underneath the GSP vs. Johny Hendricks main-event with more at stake than the welterweight title. Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem will be fighting for high stakes in Vegas.
Mir wasted no time signing the fight after coming off a highly controversial loss to Josh Barnett. I have watched the fight a few times and yes, the fight was stopped early. However, it appeared to me that Mir was going down and was not getting out of it. Stranger things have happened (Cheick Kongo KO’ing Pat Barry) but I saw no way that Mir was going to survive that onslaught.
On the other hand, there was nothing controversial about Overeem’s loss. Travis Browne KO’d Overeem who appeared to gas out two fights in a row after coming out strong. Overeem is truly fighting for his job. I can’t imagine the UFC keeping him with a third loss. The UFC reportedly paid Overeem handsomely to come over with big money aspirations for a championship run. Overeem has been a huge disappointment to say the least.
Mir’s future is tough to call if he were to lose the fight. A loss would put Mir at four in a row. I am sure Mir has a big contract which is not worth the record at this point. Mir has always been a company man and has been a part of the UFC since 2001. Mir has done some announcing in the past for Zuffa so my gut tells me that he moves over to the announcing role permanently and retires as opposed to getting outright cut.
On paper this looks like an easy fight for Overeem. I loved Mir in the past but the new Frank Mir is older and much slower. The big question here is Overeem’s stamina. We all know Overeem is going to come out strong and fast. But can he keep that up? He didn’t against Bigfoot Silva and he certainly couldn’t against Browne. Mir hasn’t gassed out in awhile and went the distance with Daniel Cormier. If Mir can hang around he can certainly pull off the upset.
The heavyweight fight joins arguably the most star-studded UFC event of the year. The 20th anniversary show features GSP vs. Hendricks for the title, Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler, Mir vs. Overeem, and Chael Sonnen vs. Rashad Evans.