The UFC would like to make their 20th anniversary (UFC 167) card one to remember, and to do so they have added two favored heavyweights to the growing list of talent. Submission specialist Frank Mir will look for redemption against a ‘hungry’ Alistair Overeem on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas. Headlined by Georges St-Pierre versus Johny Hendricks, and co-headed by Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen, the card continues to stack.
It was only a week ago that Frank Mir suffered a controversial first round loss to Josh Barnett via TKO. According to Mir, the stoppage was early, as he popped up quickly to deny the refs decision. Regardless, it marked Mir’s third consecutive loss, from Daniel Cormier and current top contender Junior dos Santos, leaving questions to the fans and media — does the former champ still has ‘it?’
Unfortunately, the same can be said about his opponent Alistair Overeem. “The Reem” has had a turbulent UFC career to say the least. Following his sole victory over Brock Lesnar, he would then be denied licensing for elevated testosterone levels, followed by back to back KO losses to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and recently Travis Browne. Some may forget that the former K-1 Grand Prix winner did dominate the striking until he was caught being reckless in his recent losses. Will see if Reem has learned his lesson as he takes on a ground specialist.
Here’s the UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks card as it stands.
Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks – for welterweight title
Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley