Heavyweight submission specialists Josh Barnett
Mir will meet at 164,
promotion officials announced Wednesday.
UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee and
will also feature a pair of pivotal featherweight collisions, as
Mendes meets Clay Guida and
Poirier faces Erik Koch.
Barnett, 35, recently signed to return to the UFC after an 11-year
stretch away from the organization, during which “The Warmaster”
competed for the likes of Pancrase, Pride and Strikeforce. A winner
in nine of his last 10 fights, the catch-wrestler last competed on
Jan. 12, when he finished overmatched Austrian Nandor
Guelmino with an arm-triangle choke at Strikeforce’s final
Like Barnett, Mir is a former UFC heavyweight champion, though it
has been more than four years since Mir held any gold. The
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt saw a three-fight winning streak
snapped last year in a failed title bid against Junior dos
Santos and was most recently outpointed by the undefeated
Cormier last month at UFC on Fox 7.