Just days after declaring his desire to replace Alistair Overeem against Junior dos Santos, UFC President Dana White has announced that Frank Mir’s currently scheduled fight against Cain Velasquez will still be taking place. That fight, which is scheduled for UFC 146, is the co-main event at the May 26th event, and will be a number one contender’s bout to determine who faces the champion later this year.
Hours after the news broke that Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone, Mir sent out a release mentioning that he “would be excited if given the opportunity to compete for the UFC’s heavyweight title at UFC 146”. However, early this morning Dana White posted on his twitter account that “Mir vs Cain will happen”.
The UFC has yet to make an official statement regarding Overeem’s test or the status of the main event at UFC 146. Along with Mir, Dan Henderson has stated his case for the opportunity, stating that he would accept the fight if offered.
Overeem has a meeting scheduled for April 24th with the Nevada Athletic Commission to discuss his test. The UFC very well may not make a decision regarding dos Santos’ opponent until that meeting.