As if Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem didn't need any more pressure going into UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White revealed their Heavyweight showdown is "definitely" do-or-die for both struggling veterans.
Indeed, White upped the ante during today's (Sept. 19, 2013) media scrum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to promote UFC 165 this weekend. "Yeah, definitely," said White when asked if the mixed martial arts (MMA) match was "do-or-die." He added another "definitely" right after just for good measure.
The revelation isn't too much of a surprise, really, as both men have seen better days inside the Octagon.
After making a splash in his UFC debut, demolishing former 265-pound champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 141, "The Reem" has dropped two straight at the hands of Antonio Silva and Travis Browne.
And by dropped I mean like a sack of potatoes, as the former K-1 kickboxing champion was blasted by "Bigfoot" at UFC 156 in the very first round. Overeem didn't have better luck at UFC Fight Night 26 as "Hapa" channeled his inner-Anderson Silva by knocking out the Dutch striker with a front kick to the kisser and the aid of some follow up punches.
Mir, meanwhile, is the not-so proud owner of a three-fight losing streak courtesy of Junior dos Santos, Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett.
While losing to fighters of that caliber are nothing to hang a head low over, in MMA -- specifically UFC -- losing three straight often means a fighter is on the verge of receiving a pink slip.
Luckily for both seasoned big men, they will have one final opportunity to prove their worth in the highly-competitive Heavyweight division. And, from the sounds of it, only one can keep his spot, while the other will have to pack his bags and find a new place of employment.
It's a reality with which Overeem has seemingly come to terms. Mir? Not so much.