UFC 167 just got a whole lot stronger ... literally.
Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem has now been made official for the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, one that already includes Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen and the marquee 170-pound title fight between welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks.
Las Vegas Review-Journal first brought word of the bout on Thursday.
At 36-13 "Demolition Man" has befuddled those who expected nothing less than a title run. After arriving in UFC as the heavily touted kickboxer following success in K-1 -- and then notching victories over Fabricio Werdum and Brock Lesnar -- "The Reem" was barred from competition following a spat with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Then, after returning and confidently strolling into a fight against Antonio Silva at UFC 156, he was brutally finished. This all culminated in last month's devastating knockout loss to Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 26, which led UFC President Dana White to say at the post fight press conference, he truly 'didn't know what to do with him.'
He does now.
Mir (16-8), a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion, has dropped three straight himself. The losses came against Junior dos Santos at UFC 146, then via close decision to Daniel Cormier at UFC on FOX 7 and by technical knockout at last weekend's UFC 164 event in a long awaited grudge match against Josh Barnett.
Loser leaves town?
UFC 167 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 16, 2013 and has a little bit for everyone's mixed martial arts (MMA) tastes.
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