INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 25: Frank Mir reacts after defeating Mirko Cro Cop during their UFC heavyweight bout at Conseco Fieldhouse on September 25 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
After today's news of UFC 146 headliner Alistair Overeem testing positive for elevated testosterone levels, there are a lot of possible ramifications to discuss. Chief among them is what will happen to the UFC 146 main event? As of right now, Overeem is set to challenge Junior dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight title. And while that is still officially the main event, this test means there is a very strong possibility Overeem will be out.
Kid Nate already made his list of possible opponents. His top pick? Former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir. It's a good pick - Mir's on a 3 fight win streak and coming off the huge submission victory over Big Nog at UFC 140.
Never one to shy away from a public issue, Mir has already released an official statement regarding this situation and his own willingness to step in:
I would be excited if given the opportunity to compete for the UFC's heavyweight title at UFC 146 if the reports released earlier today regarding Alistair Overeem failing his 'A' sample drug test are true.
I have been fortunate to be able to fight in the UFC for more than a decade, and it is a dream of mine to become the first three-time heavyweight champion in the UFC. Being able to fight Junior Dos Santos would put me one step closer to that dream.
A pretty safe response from Mir so far. It will be interesting to see if, once more info comes out, he gets a bit more pointed towards Overeem.
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While Mir vs. dos Santos doesn't quite have the sizzle of Overeem's challenge, I've found Mir's drive back to the top of the Heavyweight ranks to be a great story, and would be very interested to see how he does against the champion. Dos Santos has yet to be tested by a real submission-oriented fighter - could that be a hole in his game for Mir to exploit? If Frank Mir gets his way, we'll find out at UFC 146.