Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir will more than likely be fighting for their careers when they meet at UFC 167: Pierre vs. Hendricks on Nov 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At least that’s how “The Reem” seemed to feel on yesterday’s MMAHOUR (via MMAFighting):
“If I lose to Frank Mir I’d better start doing something else, because I can’t lose three fights in a row. If I lose to him, that’s three in a row so I better start doing something else because that’s definitely not good.”
Overeem was just knocked silly after a false move introduced Travis Browne’s back foot to his chin. He was winning the fight up until that moment, but Browne proved to be tougher than everybody assumed and stayed in the fight, despite taking a barrage of knees in the clinch and heavy ground punches thereafter.
The Reem also took the first two rounds in his fight with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at UFC 156 before a series of standing strikes put him down in round three.
Even though he seems to be taking his past two losses seriously, The Reem brushed off his initial retirement idea:
“Well, I’d still like to fight a couple of years — that being said, I’m not going to retire. Primarily, I just need to beat this guy.”
Mir has looked horrible in his past few fights, and was getting dished a good beating by Antonio Nogueira in their rematch before a sudden rolling kimura submission won him the fight.
At UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose, Mir faced Olympic-level wrestler Daniel Cormier and couldn’t get anything done during the course of the three round decision fight and left the cage that night with nothing to show for it.
A recent TKO loss to Josh Barnett just pushed him further back in the heavyweight title chase.