The UFC has tipped their hand in regards to determining the next contender in the heavyweight division when CEO Lorenzo Fertitta announced the organization was looking at putting a fight together in the coming months between former champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir. While Fertitta did not specifically say the winner would be considered the #1 challenger for the heavyweight crown the label is logical given the accomplishments of both.
No specifics in terms of location/date for the bout were mentioned.
Mir has picked up three straight wins since losing to Shane Carwin a little less than two years ago with the trio all coming in convincing fashion. The 16-5 Las Vegas native was last seen snapping Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm in their co-headlining clash at UFC 140 in December.
While Velasquez does not have the momentum of Mir’s winning streak, having lost the UFC belt to champ Junior dos Santos in November, he emerged with his hand raised in nine straight prior to the stumble including victories over Nogueira, Cheick Kongo, and Brock Lesnar.
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