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.

Related News

Stephanie McMahon says she doesn't know if anything will happen with Ronda Rousey in WWE

  • 20 days ago
  • 6 views

After Dana White seemed to nix the idea of Ronda Rousey appearing again with WWE last week, Stephanie McMahon, the company's Chief Brand Officer behind-the-scenes and nastiest heel on the stage, was read news >>

Dana White: Ronda Rousey won't be allowed to compete in WWE matches

  • 25 days ago
  • 73 views

The UFC president ruled out the women's bantamweight champion potential return to the WWE. At WrestleMania, the biggest professional wrestling event of the year, UFC women's bantamweight champion Ron read news >>

UFC Officials Will Go to Calgary If Late-Year New York Card Doesn't Happen

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

It's always good to have a Plan B. Nowhere does that philosophy make more sense than when you're pinning your future hopes to politicians and cage fighters. So it's a wise move by the UFC to plan a c read news >>

UFC Quick Quote: Dana White says 'it's kind of sad' fans we're leaving during UFC 186 main event, but doesn't 'give a sh

  • 26 days ago
  • 98 views

You missed the latest finish in UFC history suckers! "I don't give a sh*t what people are doing. I'm watching the fight." "It's kind of sad that Demetrious Johnson has this thing hanging over his hea read news >>

Dana White: ‘I don’t give a sh*t’ if fans were leaving during UFC 186 main event

  • 26 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC President Dana White is not too concerned about fans walking out of the Bell Centre during the main event. On Saturday night, one of the UFC's brightest talents and elite MMA fighters, Demetrious read news >>

Dana White: Rampage Jackson definitely has some 'legal problems ahead of him'

  • 26 days ago
  • 22 views

UFC President Dana White discussed Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s performance, as well as his legal battle with Bellator. After over two years away from the Octagon, Quinton Jackson returned to the UFC read news >>

Dana White doesn't 'give a sh*t' if people were leaving during UFC 186 main event

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

Reports from the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday night said that many fans left UFC 186 before the conclusion of the main event between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi. read news >>

Hey, fans – Dana White doesn't give a sh-t if you walked out on UFC 186 main event

  • 26 days ago
  • 17 views

MONTREAL – UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is one of the best fighters on the planet, but he’s fighting an uphill battle to get recognition as a “star” in the mainstream.Filed under: News, read news >>

Video: Sorry Ronda Rousey, Dana White says WWE appearance was 'one and done'

  • 27 days ago
  • 9 views

Anyone hoping to see Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey jump back into the ring for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is not going to like what UFC P read news >>