Cain Velasquez and Frank MirBy now, everyone in the MMA world knows that Alistair Overeem tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone at last week’s surprise drug test following the UFC 146 kickoff press conference in Las Vegas.

After initially blowing his top when he found out about it, UFC president Dana White hasn’t had much to say yet about what is going to happen to the planned UFC 146 heavyweight title fight between champion Junior dos Santos and Overeem.

Most fans and pundits assumed that Plan B would be to slot Frank Mir in again dos Santos if Overeem is unable to pull off the miracle upset against the Nevada State Athletic Commission and clear his name. No one in mixed martial arts has overcome a positive drug test result in Nevada in the past, so it is unlikely that Overeem would become the first.

Mir, on the surface at least, appears the most logical candidate. He’s already been training to fight Cain Velasquez on the same card, so the timing is right. He is a former UFC heavyweight champion and interim champion. And although he failed to capture another interim belt when he faced Shane Carwin two years ago, Mir has since won three consecutive bouts, knocking out Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, decisioning Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson, and technically submitting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by breaking his arm.

Mir’s scheduled opponent, Cain Velasquez, could be another option. But having lost the belt to dos Santos in his last fight, losing by a quick first-round knockout, a rematch wouldn’t seem to be appropriate just yet.

White on Saturday took to Twitter apparently dousing any speculation about either Mir or Velasquez, however.

In response to a fan stating that he really wanted the Mir vs. Velasquez fight to remain intact, White tweeted, “Mir vs Cain will happen,” which leads everyone to wonder what the promotion’s next move will be should Overeem, as expected, be forced out of the fight with dos Santos.

The entire UFC 146 five-bout main card on pay-per-view is slated with heavyweights, so there are a number of other bouts to pull a participant from, although most don’t make a lot of sense to challenge for the title.

Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva are both coming off of losses, while Shane Del Rosario, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Stefan Struve haven’t really put together title-worthy runs yet either.

Mark Hunt has won three consecutive fights – besting Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and Chris Tuchscherer – but those names, especially on the heels of correcting a six-fight losing streak, don’t typically equate to championship challenger. Hunt has, however, found a growing legion of supporters on the Internet calling for him to be the man to step into the title fight.

For those wondering, Fedor Emelianenko is not an option. White has emphatically refuted any talk of wanting to sign the former heavyweight kingpin to any fight, let alone a title fight. Besides, M-1 Global recently announced Fedor will next fight in Russia on June 21.

There is the slight possibility, although unlikely, that White could pull Josh Barnett or Daniel Cormier from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix final to face dos Santos, but considering Zuffa’s turbulent dealings with Showtime over the Strikeforce brand, this isn’t much of a legitimate option either.

Showtime wants the heavyweight tournament to come to a conclusion, plus they want the winner to fight at least once more on the network prior to completely dissolving the Strikeforce heavyweight division.

The UFC, of course, could put JDS on ice if Overeem is out. They could slot Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez in as the UFC 146 main event and let those two continue with the No. 1 contender’s bout that they’re already slated for. The winner then would face dos Santos somewhere down the road, maybe even as soon as UFC 152 in Toronto in September if healthy.

Of course, UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has climbed out of deep holes before, but Overeem has put him in a seemingly bottomless pit this time. Can he tap the magic once again?

What other options could there be?

Follow @KenPishna on Twitter or e-mail Ken Pishna.
For more
UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

'UFC 189 Championship Tour Embedded,' No. 8: 'Dana White's gonna f-ck us up'

  • 26 days ago
  • 33 views

In the eighth episode of “UFC 189 World Championship Tour Embedded, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor were apparently ready to tangle at a media stop – but it was the threat of UFC President Dana White th read news >>

Dana White Thinks Aldo vs. McGregor Will Do $7 Million Gate

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

The UFC has put plenty of promotional muscle behind the highly anticipated bout between Jose Aldo and McGregor, and UFC President Dana White believes it's going to pay off. The longstanding featherwe read news >>

UFC Quick Quote: Jose Aldo says Conor McGregor didn't slap him, Dana White 'didn't see' altercation

  • 27 days ago
  • 31 views

"We went to a studio early in the morning for a live show, and we already stared at each other as soon as (McGregor) arrived. I was sitting in the couch with Dana, and he sit behind me. He pulled my read news >>

Dana White to MMA reporter after asking Jose Aldo about pay: 'You're a dick!'

  • 27 days ago
  • 298 views

All the traveling and media obligations for the UFC 189 World Tour may be getting to UFC President Dana White -- or maybe he was just having a bad day. Either way, MMAJunkie has released video of the read news >>

Dana White pranked Drew Dober after ref's botched UFC Fight Night 62 call in Brazil

  • 28 days ago
  • 136 views

In the wake of the terrible referee call that stuck Drew Dober with a submission loss at UFC Fight Night 62, UFC President Dana White gave Dober a scare with a joke about the loss.Filed under: MMAjun read news >>

Video: Watch Conor McGregor's first round knockout over Dana White in EA Sports UFC

  • 28 days ago
  • 62 views

Conor McGregor holds back for no man, including Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White. While in Toronto yesterday (March 27, 2015) for the UFC 189 World Tour, the UFC boss and "Th read news >>

Dana White on Aldo vs McGregor: It will be the fastest selling fight ever, and will do a $7 million gate

  • 28 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC brass may be spending a pretty penny for the UFC 189 World Tour, but they expect to make a whole lot more come July. As the UFC 189 World Tour progresses halfway around the world, the hype and an read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor ‘slapped Aldo’s back’ on Toronto morning show, now Aldo ‘is crazy’

  • 28 days ago
  • 64 views

UFC President Dana White explained a tense situation that took pace on Friday morning in Toronto. Following eight stops on the UFC 189 World Tour, it is to no one's surprise that Ireland's Conor McGr read news >>

Dana White: Conor McGregor smacked Jose Aldo's back in Toronto and the champ went 'crazy'

  • 29 days ago
  • 166 views

First he stole Jose Aldo's belt, and now Conor McGregor has laid hands on the champ. That's according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who told Fight Network that "The No read news >>