Alistair Overeem beating Frank Mir could be one of the greatest things to happen to the UFC’s Heavyweight Division
Alistair Overeem destroyed Frank Mir start to finish at UFC 169. A once deemed ‘loser leaves town’ match between Mir and Overeem wasn’t what was expected for many, but still completely help solidify the credibility of Overeem’s status as a UFC heavyweight title contender.
The king of the heavyweight division and current UFC undisputed champion Cain Velasquez is currently coming off of shoulder surgery. Velasquez was scheduled to face Fabricio Werdum before being sidelined by injury following his second destruction of Junior Dos Santos at UFC 166. Werdum, respectively decided to be active as opposed to sitting aside, rusting and waiting for a title fight.
Not many contenders have honestly proven to be worthy to stand across the octagon from the champion. Also, in this day and age of the sport elite fighters/top contenders seem to crawl their way up the ranks almost unnoticed to the casual fan. Travis Browne however has been on a tear as of late coming off of knockout wins over Gabriel Gonzaga, Overeem and now Josh Barnett at UFC 168. Those names and the fashion in which Browne earned his wins should be enough to earn the Hawaiian a title shot in itself, in my personal opinion. Luckily for Browne, Werdum decided to stay active giving the two the opportunity to determine the true No. 1 contender for the heavyweight championship. They will meet at UFC on Fox 11 on April 19th in Orlando, FL.
The UFC currently named Roy Nelson vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as main event for their return to Abu Dhabi at UFC Fight Night 39. It appears the UFC’s heavyweight division is now well where it stands, not to mention the return of Stefan Struve. Granted, Pat “HD” Barry recently retired from the sport of MMA and signed to Glory just days later. Something tells me we’ll see him inside the octagon again.