Frank Mir will officially replace Alistair Overeem and fight Junior Dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on May 26th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mir was originally scheduled to face Cain Velasquez and as of right now, there is no word if Velasquez will receive a new opponent. Dos Santos originally was slated to face Overeem but his ability to get a license is unlikely at this point since a pre-fight drug test on 3/27/12 found an elevated ratio of testosterone-to-epitestosterone of 14-1. The legal limit in Nevada is 6-1.
Dana White publicly stated he would not change the Mir vs. Velasquez fight but I knew this would be the end result. Mir is riding a three fight win streak including December’s arm breaking submission over Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. Velasquez is coming off an 89 second knockout loss to Dos Santos in front of a viewing audience of 10 million people on the UFC’s debut on Fox. Velasquez is the overall better fighter than Mir and was favored to beat him. The commentary team on the Fox broadcast hyped Velasquez as the complete fighter with no weaknesses and it was the first time a lot of people had ever seen a UFC fight. Convincing casual fans, which is the bulk of their audience, to spend $44.95 on a fight with the guy they saw get knocked out so easily is foolhardy at best Mir is more popular, marketable and his current record makes his entry into the title fight the most logical choice.