A high-stakes heavyweight fight between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem has been moved back to UFC 169 on February 1. The crossroads affair between the two veterans was initially scheduled to take place next month at UFC 167. The extra time will allow both competitors to have more time to train and also no doubt to have a longer recovery time from recent knockout losses.
Overeem was finished by Travis Browne in a thrilling affair at UFC Fight Night 26. “The Reem” appeared to be well on his way to victory when he hurt Browne early in round one, but the tide turned after his opponent survived the offensive onslaught. “Hapa” turned the tide on Overeem with a brutal front kick to the head and subsequent punches to end the fight in the opening stanza.
It was Overeem’s second straight stoppage loss in the Octagon as he was also finished in brutal and decisive fashion by Antonio Silva.
As for Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champ was a first-round knockout victim at the hands of Josh Barnett at UFC 164. Mir was crumpled by a brutal knee to the face by “The Warmaster”, but complained bitterly that the fight was stopped prematurely. UFC President Dana White also sided with Mir, saying he preferred to see a more definitive finish. Mir is mired in the first three-fight losing skid of his career.
It’s a pivotal matchup for both as their UFC livelihoods are clearly on the line. The fight in New Jersey is part of a Super Bowl weekend card that is headlined by the light heavyweight championship fight between title holder Jon “Bones” Jones and Glover Teixeira.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports