With UFC 146’s headlining title fight still in question, the candidates to contend for the UFC heavyweight title continues to be debated. Former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson would also like to be added to the list of possible replacements.
Already considered by the UFC match-makers as a top contender at the 205 and 180 lb. division, ‘Hendo’ wouldn’t mind a crack at the heavyweight title as well. It was only eight months ago that we saw Henderson TKO the former top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in the division, giving credence to his possible title shot.
With Overeem’s likely suspension looming, most of the fans and media assumed next in line would be former champion Frank Mir, who is already up for a contender title fight. According to UFC President Dana White (via Twitter), it’s not happening. White clarifies by saying that “Mir vs. Velasquez will happen“.
Top heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem may already be assumed to be out of the fight due to his failed drug test with 14:1 elevated levels of testosterone, that may not be the case. Dana White has said that Overeem’s future is now up in the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) currently and the title fight will be decided following his court hearing on April 24th.