Former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir jumped at the opportunity presented to him when Alistair Overeem was removed from the main event at UFC 146. Now, Mir will seek the place the gold belt back around his waist again when he squares off with Junior dos Santos at the May 26 show.
Overeem’s troubles with a failed drug test pushed the UFC to make a decision on the fight even before he was denied his license on Tuesday. Mir was installed as the next contender, being moved out of a planned #1 contender match with Cain Velasquez.
“I just kind of did the math in my own mind,” said Mir, during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “My team around me, we all pretty much felt that if dos Santos were to stay on the card, and Overeem was not able to challenge for the title, then I was the most logical person to step in.”
Mir added that he never stopped training for Velasquez but Dos Santos remained in the back of his mind.
Mir has won four of his last five fights, including wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Roy Nelson, and Mirko Filipovic. Mir broke the arm of Nogueira who is the mentor and a training partner of Dos Santos.
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