Mir has called the UFC home for more than a decade and has experienced some genuine success during his time in the Octagon. However, he appears to be in decline, losing his last three tilts including two by way of TKO. He has Alistair Overeem on the horizon – a man in desperate need of a victory as well – and is almost certain to have his suspect chin tested in the process. If Mir goes down, so do his chances of continued employment in the world’s foremost MMA organization and significantly so.
Fans were left with their jaws dropped yesterday when the UFC decided to hand seasoned veteran Yushin Okami his walking papers despite being a Top 10 middleweight. According to UFC President Dana White, Okami’s status as a gatekeeper who couldn’t quite get over the hump was the main reason for his release. With the UFC’s increased interest in developing fresh talent over established competitors, it seems there are at least a few fighters likely to follow in Okami’s footsteps at some point soon to the chagrin of MMA enthusiasts everywhere. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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