Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (9-3) and Antoni Hardonk (5-2) will finally lock horns at UFC 74: "Respect" on August 25 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to UFC.com.
The match up was originally scheduled for UFC Fight Night 9 in May, but Mir was scratched from the event because of a shoulder injury sustained during training. Justin McCully was tabbed as his late replacement, and went on to hand the former K-1 kickboxer from the Netherlands his first loss inside the Octagon.
Hardonk has one UFC win to his credit — a knockout of Sherman Pendergarst at UFC 65 in November.
It was on that same card in November that Mir last competed in a mixed martial arts bout, getting pounded out in less than two minutes of the first round during his showdown with undefeated Brandon Vera. He most recently faced Renato "Babalu" Sobral in a submission grappling tournament, losing on points to the Brazilian.
Once known as "The Baddest Man on the Planet," Mir will look to prove once again that he belongs inside the Octagon since his return in 2006 from a devastating leg injury.
With a convincing performance, it would also perhaps set up the much talked about rematch with former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.
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