Among the many qualities associated with UFC President Dana White, “patience” is not necessarily one he’s particularly known for possessing. Playing to that notion, it appears the outspoken executive has gone back on his original statements regarding his willingness to wait on passing judgment on Alistair Overeem until the hard-hitting Dutchman met with the Nevada State Athletic Commission next week to face allegations of testosterone abuse.
According to White (by way of Twitter), Frank Mir has replaced Overeem as #1 contender and will now face Junior dos Santos on May 26 at UFC 146 for the heavyweight title instead of taking on Cain Velasquez as previously planned. No reason was given for the abrupt change.
Mir has come out with his hand raised in three consecutive clashes with wins over Mirko Filipovic, Roy Nelson, and most recently Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He holds an overall record of 16-5 with twelve finishes including nine via submission.
White did not explain how the vacancy against Velasquez would be handled though it is believed the former champion will still compete at UFC 146. He also avoided elaborating on what steps would be taken with Overeem whether cleared or denied on April 24 when he sits down with the NSAC to discuss a failed drug test.
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MMATraining Take: Part of me believes White is privy to some news the public isn’t aware of yet. Otherwise, why not just wait four more days to see how Overeem’s meeting plays out?