While there is a slim chance that Alistair Overeem’s B-Test could exonerate the Dutchman, the UFC will likely be searching for a new number-one contender fairly soon. The UFC heavyweight division is currently in flux with no clear number one contender after Overeem’s failed test. While the division is no where near as messy as the Tim Sylvia era, the fact remains there is no clearly defined number one contender. So who should replace Overeem against Junior Dos Santos?
The possible candidates:
Cain Velasquez – Former champion Cain Velasquez suffered his first career loss at the hands of the champion back in November at UFC on Fox 1. While Velasquez was coming off a shoulder surgery, and apparently suffering from an injured knee as well, Velasquez lost to Dos Santos in quick and devastating fashion after a ton of hype. The fighter was also sharply criticized by UFC President Dana White following the quick loss on the company’s Fox debut.
Frank Mir – Another former champion, Mir has won his last three fights. While two out of the three fights were mostly the uglier side of what heavyweight division can be, even the Mirko Cro Cop KO could not make up for the majority of that fight, his last fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was one of the biggest submission victories in MMA history.
Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva – Had Silva not been knocked out in devastating fashion by Daniel Cormier, “Bigfoot” would have been the most obvious choice to replace Overeem. After that KO it is a little harder to justify putting the big man in the title fight.
Fabricio Werdum – Werdum may be set to fight Mike Russow in Brazil this summer, but you can bet that Werdum would be willing to part with that fight for a shot at the title. It also helps that Werdum’s first UFC run was ended by a then-unknown Junior Dos Santos, so it stands to reason that Werdum would love another shot at Dos Santos. Werdum is also coming off a dominating performance over Roy Nelson.
Mark Hunt – I do not care that Hunt’s three-fight win-streak has not been over the strongest competition, or that Hunt just got over the .500 mark in his career. I would just enjoy seeing a K-1 champion step in with a MMA boxer who loves to keep it standing. This one is just out of pure PRIDE and K-1 nostalgia. It is a longer than long shot for the “Super Samoan” but I would love to see him face Dos Santos.
Who Should Possibly Replace Alistair Overeem at UFC 146?
- Frank Mir (41%, 196 Votes)
- Mark Hunt (17%, 80 Votes)
- Cain Velasquez (17%, 79 Votes)
- Scrap the title fight, leave Mir vs. Velasquez as the contender fight (12%, 55 Votes)
- Fabricio Werdum (8%, 36 Votes)
- Other - list in the comments (5%, 24 Votes)
- Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (0%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 475