MENU
#Conor McGregor #UFC 211 #Bellator 179 #Rory MacDonald #Paul Daley #Nate Diaz #Hayder Hassan #Dhiego Lima #Joanna Jedrzejczyk #Jon Jones #UFC 202 #Stipe Miocic #Cris Cyborg #Demian Maia


Frank Mir
When UFC president Dana White made the announcement that the No. 1 contender’s match between former champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir would still happen at UFC 146, many wondered why Mir wasn’t the choice to face Junior Dos Santos in the main event with Alistair Overeem’s status still up in the air after a failed drug test.

Overeem tested positive for a high testosterone to epitestosterone ratio. He is currently awaiting a hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on April 24 to find out if he will be licensed for the UFC 146 card or not.

And that’s where the story takes an interesting twist.

While most have already eliminated Overeem from the UFC 146 main event, technically he’s not out yet, so nobody has been contacted as a potential replacement, and likely won’t be until after the April 24 hearing.

“The latest is the following: I think if you notice the (Cris) Cyborg thing, she was never stripped of her title until they go in front of the commission and get their cases heard and stuff, and now her title’s been officially stripped. The same thing happens with things of this nature,” Frank Mir’s manager, Malki Kawa, explained when speaking to MMAWeekly Radio.

“Overeem’s not officially out yet until the Nevada State Athletic Commission decides.”

As Kawa explains it, should Overeem be exonerated of any wrongdoing, his rightful place will still be in the UFC 146 main event. Until that point, he doesn’t believe the UFC will make any changes to the upcoming title fight with Junior dos Santos.

“So let’s just say they were to say ‘you’re out,’ we’re going to put Frank Mir in. I think there’s a bout agreement in place right now between Overeem and Junior dos Santos, and I think legally if he gets licensed, he has an opportunity to take action or what would happen is they would say ‘hey Frank Mir you’re going to JDS (Junior dos Santos)’ and the 24th comes, which is two weeks away, and then they turn around and say ‘Overeem here’s your license.’ Well now Frank guess what you’re going back to fight Cain (Velasquez) and Overeem you go fight JDS,” said Kawa.

“So to avoid confusion, what I think is happening is they’re going to wait for the decision, if Overeem gets licensed, everything goes on as planned. If Overeem doesn’t get licensed, then you can bet your house there’s going to be a replacement. I tend to think that it will be Frank Mir, but who knows? No one has said to me it’s going to be Frank Mir for sure. I asked, I’ve been pushing, I pushed, I’ve been trying to get a commitment from somebody, please just tell me it will be Frank Mir, but I think they’re being tight lipped about this one.”

Should Overeem not get licensed by the powers that be in Nevada, the UFC will soon turn to alternatives to face the heavyweight champion on May 26 in Las Vegas.

Some fans have been pushing for former K-1 fighter Mark Hunt, who is currently also slated to fight on the UFC 146 fight card against Stefan Struve, to get the title shot, most believe if the call is made to anyone it will be to Frank Mir.

A former UFC heavyweight champion, Mir has won his last three fights in a row including a devastating submission victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140 last December.

If Overeem is not able to get licensed for UFC 146, Kawa believes that his client will be the first person on Joe Silva’s speed dial to get the fight.

“I think it will be Frank Mir. I don’t know anyone else that can get it,” Kawa explained. “I think Frank Mir will end up getting the shot in the event that Overeem can’t get licensed.”

To hear Malki Kawa’s full radio interview including updates on Carlos Condit, Benson Henderson, and more, tune into Wednesday’s edition of MMAWeekly Radio.

Follow @DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon Martin.
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

Manager shoots down Germaine de Randamie retirement rumor, says personal issues exist

  • 24 days ago
  • 17 views

UFC women’s featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie isn’t retiring, according to her manager, but she is dealing with some issues behind the scenes.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2 Extended Preview | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago
  • 30 views

In 2014, Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos engaged in an epic five-round battle that saw "Cigano" emerge with a razor-close victory. They rematch on May 13. read news >>

Ahead of the UFC 211 rematch, take a look back at Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos I

  • 21 days ago
  • 51 views

The heavyweight title is back on the line next week in Dallas with a highly anticipated rematch. Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos Conference Call Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 13 views

Listen in on the UFC 211 media call replay to hear what Stipe Miocic, Junior dos Santos, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and Jessica Andrade had to say. read news >>

Miocic, JDS promise KO; Joanna Champion predicts fireworks at UFC 211

  • 18 days ago
  • 6 views

The headlining stars of UFC 211 - Stipe Miocic, Junior Dos Santos, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade - spoke Thursday, and they predicted fireworks for next week's big event in Dallas read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Explains Her Intimidating Face-Offs (UFC 211 Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 48 views

UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is one of the most intimidating fighters that steps foot inside the Octagon. She faces Jessica Andrade at UFC 211. read news >>

UFC 211's Stipe Miocic and Junior Dos Santos totally down for boxing crossover against Anthony Joshua

  • 17 days ago
  • 41 views

There can only be one true baddest man on the planet, the way ex-UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos sees it. Why not find out who?Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Why so serious? Normally jovial UFC champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk explains her intense face-offs

  • 16 days ago
  • 135 views

LOS ANGELES – While it’s out of character for Joanna Jedrzejczyk to be so intense during face-offs, there’s a method to her trademark approach.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Video read news >>

UFC 211 Matchmaker Breakdown: Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 44 views

Jon Anik talks with Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard to break down some of the intriguing bouts set to take place at UFC 211 on May 13 in Dallas. read news >>

Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos: UFC 211 Countdown Video | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 days ago
  • 7 views

Go inside the lives and gyms of two champions. Stipe Miocic focuses on retaining his heavyweight belt and redeeming a loss to former champ Junior Dos Santos. read news >>