It appears Dana White has made the announcement official as he tweeted this late last night, “May 26th is now Mir vs. JDS for the HW title in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand,”.
This announcement comes on the heels of the disclosure that Alistair Overeem (36-11, 1NC) has tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following the UFC 146 press conference on March 27 that showed Overeem’s levels to be more than twice the allotted limit. Frank Mir (16-5), originally scheduled to fight Cain Valasquez (9-1) at UFC 146 in an undercard bout, will now replace Alistair Overeem to fight for the belt, this time, against the current heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos (14-1). No opponent for Cain Valasquez has yet been announced.
Frank Mir is coming off a three win fight streak where he has victories over Mirko Filipovic, Big Country and most recently the brutal arm break of Nogueira. Mir is no newcomer to a UFC title, however. Mir first won the heavyweight title against Tim Sylvia (30-7) at UFC 48, by way of armbar. Following the victory Mir suffered a tragic motorcycle accident and spent a bit of time on the mend. Mir has since recaptured the title only to lose it right after to Brock Lesnar (5-3).
Dos Santos took out Cain Valasquez in an astonishing 64 second, 1st round knockout on the UFC on Fox debut, to earn his championship. Junior Dos Santos is undefeated in the UFC and holds notable wins over Cain Valasquez, Shane Carwin,Roy Nelson, and Gabriel Gonzaga. Only 2 of Junior’s professional fights have ever made it to decision.
Alistair ‘Demolition Man’ Overeem (36-11 1nc) tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following a UFC 146 press conference held on March 27th in Las Vegas. Now, Overeem must show up in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission to plead his case before he can be allowed to fight at UFC 146 against the current heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (14-1).
According to an article posted on Sherdog, “Overeem’s testosterone to epitestosterone (T/E) ratio was greater than 10-to-1, exceeding the allowable 6-to-1 limit. Along with five other competitors, “The Demolition Man” was tested following a UFC 146 press conference in Las Vegas on March 27. Frank Mir, Roy Nelson, Antonio Silva, Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos all produced negative tests. ”
Alistair Overeem’s last fight, and UFC debut, was against Brock Lesnar where he earned an impressive 1st round TKO and secured his position as the number one contender. Now it’s up to the big man and the NSAC to figure out the future for UFC 146 and Overeem.
Just a few days after successfully debuting in the UFC, against opponent Brock Lesner (5-3-0), Alistair Overeem (36-11-0) was charged with one misdemeanor count of battery following an alleged push to a womans face on January 2, “causing her to stagger back”, according to police.
Overeem, the now number one contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division, maintains that he is innocent of any such battery charge. Alistair Overeem has already hired an attorney in a David Chesnoff in order to represent him at any court hearings. According to Chesnoff,
Alistair was not arrested, but was summoned to court. There are two sides to this story and we intend on vigorously defending this. Alistair maintains his innocence.
If Alistair is proven guilty he could face fines up to $1,000 and up to six months jail time at the Clark County Detention Center. A guilty verdict could end up causing delays to the championship match up, against Junior Dos Santos (14-1-0), later this year.
Well the headliner here is the overwhelming defeat of Brock Lesner vs Alistair Overeem with a tko at two minutes and twenty six seconds of the first round. Lesner was seemed over matched in the striking department and attempted a couple of unsuccessful take down attempts that Overeem seemed to shrug off. Upon stalking Lesner Overeem caught a nice jab that opened up his eyebrow early in the round. A few knees to the body followed by a body kick seemed to take the rest of the wind from Lesners sails and he did not recover before the referee put a stop to the bout due to strikes.
Later, Lesner stated that he would be retiring from the octagon at his post fight interview. There has been nothing else released about Brock Lesnar retiring from the UFC, from the man himself, but it appears that the UFC and the fans alike are the biggest benifactors from being able to see the great shows that he has been a part of.
We here at The MMA Beatdown wish you and yours the best in your future endeavors Brock and thank you for the entertainment that you have provided.
With that said the MMA world marches on and the upcoming title shot of Alistair Overeem vs the champ Junior Dos Santos is a bout that fight fans all around the world will be looking forward to. Will Overeem prove his streak unbeatable or will Junior show the big man how his punching power stacks up to the test?