Dec 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Alistair Overeem celebrates after defeating Brock Lesnar (not pictured) during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Alistair Overeem vs. Frank Mir moved to UFC 169


An important heavyweight match up between Alistair Overeem and former champion Frank Mir was scheduled for the UFC 167 main card as the promotion celebrates their 20th anniversary, but it was announced today that the bout would be delayed by a few months and moved to the UFC 169 fight card in February on Super Bowl weekend.

Because of some issues with Mir’s health, the bout was forced to be delayed and will now bolster the event headlined by a light heavyweight contest between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.

“While there was no indication whatsoever that Mir wouldn’t be fully, medically cleared in time to compete on November 16th, UFC officials and Nevada Commission representatives believed that a short postponement would allow both athletes more time to train for the bout,” the UFC told Newsday.

There is no word from the UFC on how the vacant main card slot on the pay-per view will be filled, but the possibility would be elevating the lightweight match up between Donald Cerrone and Evan Dunham from the prelims.

With the changes to UFC 167, here is the updated fight card:

  • Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - for welterweight title
  • Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
  • Josh Koscheck vs. Tyron Woodley
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham
  • Brian Ebersole vs. Rick Story
  • Ed Herman vs. Thales Leites
  • Edwin Figueroa vs. Erik Perez
  • Ali Bagautinov vs. Tim Elliott
  • Vaughan Lee vs. Sergio Pettis

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