Although the Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira title match has been nixed from UFC 169, Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir are still scheduled to compete on the Feb. 1 event.
Mir, who is on a three-fight losing streak , said he would contemplate retirement if he was cut by the UFC for losing the match to Overeem.
Because the Super Bowl is considered to be a major event for the UFC, it would be fitting to induct Mir into the UFC Hall of Fame on the night before UFC 169.
There are several reasons Mir deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. He has fought the octagon for 12 years, is a two time former heavyweight champion and has defeated a who’s who of heavyweight including Tank Abbott, Tim Sylvia and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. He is the only one of three men to finish Pride champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Mir was also the first man to defeat Brock Lesnar back on Feb 2 2008, which will be five years before his match with Overeem, who was Lesnar’s last UFC opponent.
Mir also has several UFC records, including most wins (14), fights (21) and finishes (11) in the heavyweight division. He also made history by being the only man who has ever won a fight with a toe hold.
Over the years, UFC fans have watched Mir go from being a prospect with some good grappling skills, to becoming one of the best heavyweights in the promotion’s history.
For Mir, this fight with Overeem may be his last hurrah. I say let him take his right place among the best UFC fighters of all-time.
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