It looks like disgraced heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem’s April 24 meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission will be a moot point where the Dutchman’s immediate future inside the Octagon is concerned. Though he originally said he would wait until Overeem’s status was clarified, UFC President Dana White has since changed his mind and given Frank Mir the title-shot Overeem earned this past December.
White made the announcement last night on Twitter.
Mir was believed by most to be at the front of the line where filling Overeem’s potential vacancy was concerned though White initially shrugged off the idea, stating he would wait to find out the score with Overeem before making a move. The 32-year old grappler, who celebrates a birthday two days before the event, holds an overall record of 16-5 with wins in his last three outings including finishes of Mirko Filipovic and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
No word has surfaced on how Overeem will be handled, though it seems logical to think he may receive Velasquez as an opponent if he receives his license next week in the wake of his positive hit for elevated levels of testosterone. If he is not approved by the NSAC it is possible he may be released altogether by the UFC.
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