The incredulity that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White unleashed today (April., 4, 2012) was actually the sound of opportunity is knocking. For Frank Mir, at least, who is ready to answer the door that Alistair Overeem and his horse meat seemed to slam shut with a wee tinkle.
With the unfortunate news breaking that devastating Heavyweight K-1 striker tested positive for elevated testosterone levels following the random pre-fight drug test that was administered a few weeks ago by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) officials, the UFC 146 main event could be in danger of being scrapped.
"The Reem" was set to take on UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos in the blockbuster Memorial Day weekend event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now, it appears that getting a license to compete in "Sin City" -- unless he's got a very good excuse for having off-the-charts testosterone levels in his system -- will be an uphill, if not winless, battle.
And even though the bout has yet to be officially taken off of the table, White and Co. are likely already scrambling to lock down "Plan B."
Enter Frank Mir.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, who passed his drug screening, is more than ready to step up and fill the possible void that could be left should Overeem be denied a license. Mir is currently matched up to take on former champion Cain Velasquez in a number one contender eliminator match in the UFC 146 co main event.
Check out Mir's statement (via MMA Fighting) after the jump:
"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."
Currently riding a three-fight win streak with wins over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Roy Nelson and Mirko Filipovic, the submission specialist has definitely earned his shot at the title. So, if given the opportunity, it won't exactly be a freebee.
Unfortunately, should the UFC take up Mir on his offer, that would leave Velasquez opponent-less.
However, before Zuffa can start handing out fight agreements, we wait patiently on the final word of the powers that be over at NSAC and the UFC. Overeem still has a chance to go before the commission and attempt to clear his name of any wrong doing provided, of course, White is willing to wait for the outcome.
If the worst case scenario become a reality and the Dutch striker is yanked from his title fight against "Cigano," does Mir seem the logical choice to fill the gap? If not him, then who?