Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir knows he is a single victory away from receiving an opportunity to compete for the belt again. However, following Alistair Overeem‘s recent troubles in terms of a failed drug test, Mir could be even closer to the ultimate prize. Reports have Mir as the likely choice to replace Overeem if “The Reem” fails to receive his fight license for a May 26 bout with heavyweight title-holder Junior dos Santos.
Mir is currently set to face Cain Velasquez on the same card in a #1 contender bout.
“As of right now, I’m still training for Cain,” said Mir of UFC 146 during a recent interview with MMA Uncensored. “I’m like everybody else. I see that, in the background, there’s a possibility Overeem’s not going to be able to make the fight and if that’s the case, I wanna make sure I’m in a position where I can jump in.”
Mir added he is already training like he’s going into a five-round war because of Velasquez’ cardio condition.
However, there has also been discussion in terms of the UFC potentially looking at giving Velasquez a rematch with JDS or even letting social media-darling Mark Hunt leapfrog the contendership line. If either situation unfolds, though Mir wouldn’t begrudge either of his peers, he definitely won’t be happy with his bosses.
“Both of those guys are great fighters, I would never be mad at them for taking advantage of the situation,” Mir said. “Would I be angry? Of course. I wouldn’t wanna be at my house on the night that’s announced. I would not be a happy individual.”
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MMATraining Take: We should know the future of all parties involved come April 24 when Overeem steps in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission in hopes of gaining his fight license. If he is denied, expect Mir to receive the shot, as he is the most likely candidate.