There’s no question UFC heavyweight Frank Mir benefited from the testosterone-related stumble of Alistair Overeem, sliding into the spot created by the Dutchman’s withdrawal from a May 26 title-fight against Junior dos Santos. However, while Mir may be thankful for the opportunity, he recently lent his support to Overeem for reasons unrelated to the twist of fate.
“Everybody makes mistakes,” said Mir on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight. “We all do things we’re not proud and we’ve all made mistakes professionally, or even our personal lives, that are not our greatest moments in life. And to sit there and ostracize somebody and never allow them to redeem themselves would be very against humanity.”
“I think he’s a fierce competitor. We’ve seen what he did with Brock (Lesnar). I would hate to lose him, to not have him his as a piece of the heavyweight division due to something outside of the Octagon,” Mir concluded on Overeem.
Overeem will be unable to fight in Nevada until applying for a license when he’s eligible to do so on December 27. No indication has been given on whether Overeem will be released or not though UFC President Dana White recently stated he was extremely upset about the entire situation.
Watch the full interview with Mir below where he also talks about his upcoming fight with Dos Santos:
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MMATraining Take: Mir’s assessment is fair enough. Everyone deserves a second chance and if Overeem can get his act together, why shouldn’t be given another fight in the UFC? However, even the slightest mistake should be the end of his career in the organization for a least a few years.