As if the writing wasn’t already plastered all over the Octagon wall, UFC president Dana White made things official on Thursday: UFC 167 is a loser leaves town bout between heavyweights Alistair Overeem (pictured) and Frank Mir.
“Yeah, definitely,” White said of the must-win state for both fighters. “Definitely.”
Mir has dropped three straight scraps, while Overeem has been knocked out in his past two outings.
Rarely do fighters who lose three consecutive scraps get a reprieve in the UFC, but Mir is a popular veteran who is also a two-time title holder. Prior to losing last month to Josh Barnett, he was dominated by Daniel Cormier and TKO’d by Junior dos Santos.
Overeem, meanwhile, has had a rough go in the big leagues. After retiring Brock Lesnar to earn next dibs at the 265-pound crown, he was issued a nine-month suspension for elevated levels of testosterone.
Upon return, “The Demolition Man” went on to lose in lights out fashion to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and last month to Travis Brown.
If Overeem can’t muster up a W over Mir, he will arguably go down as the biggest free agent bust in UFC history.
Overeem made $264,285 (with roughly half of his paycheck coming via win bonus) for beating Lesnar and $285,714 in his loss to Bigfoot. Mir pocketed $200,000 in each of his last two outings.
UFC 167 takes place November 16 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.