Mir vs Overeem in Heavyweight Clash

Published on September 6th, 2013 7:35 pm EST

UFC 167 just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Earlier this week, the UFC announced that Frank Mir will be squaring off against Alistair Overeem at UFC 167: St. Pierre vs Hendricks. This fight will likely be the third fight on the main card, as GSP vs Hendricks and Sonnen vs Evans have already been signed for the main and co-main events.

UFC 167, which is serving as the promotion's 20th anniversary card, currently looks like this:

Georges St. Pierre vs Johny Hendricks
Rashad Evans vs Chael Sonnen
Rory MacDonald vs Robbie Lawler
Frank Mir vs Alistair Overeem
Josh Koscheck vs Tyron Woodley
Donald Cerrone vs Evan Dunham

This is a blockbuster card that is going to cost the UFC a significant amount of money to put on. According to my calculations, there are no less than five fighters (St. Pierre, Sonnen, Evans, Mir, Overeem) who will likely get some cut of the PPV profits.

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Mir and Overeem are both coming off of knockout losses, as Mir was knocked out by Barnett, while Overeem was knocked out by Travis Browne.

Frank Mir has lost his last three fights in a row, while Overeem has dropped his last two. Overeem's slump is especially surprising given his tremendous hype after he smashed Brock Lesnar. In his last two fights, Overeem has been stopped by Antonio Silva and Travis Browne. The criticisms of Overeem (weak chin, poor card) have really been on point since he made his entrance into the UFC.

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It is safe to say that the loser of this fight will no longer find himself employed by the UFC. Overeem will almost certainly be cut with another loss, while Frank Mir would likely be forced into retirement with a fourth straight loss.

There is going to be plenty on the line in this fight.


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