Loser of Reem-Mir likely to be cut

Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir are in very similar positions,

both coming off August knockout losses, both seeing their star

fading and trying to recapture past glory. For one of them, their

Nov. 16 fight will be their last try to do it in the octagon. The

loser is likely to be cut after UFC 167, UFC president Dana White

confirmed on Thursday.

Asked if the bout was do or die for both, White, who often

hedges his words on such final pronouncements, didn’t waver

this time.

“Definitely,” he said. “Definitely.”

Overeem has to win in order to keep his UFC tenure from being

declared a bust. After arriving from Strikeforce, he got off to a

great start with a destruction of Brock Lesnar that led to his

being named No. 1 contender. But in the leadup to his title fight

with Junior dos Santos, he failed a random drug test for an

elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio, and upon returning

months later, was knocked out in a huge upset by Antonio

“Bigfoot” Silva.

He returned in August and was subsequently knocked out by Travis

Browne.

Mir has had an even tougher run lately. The former UFC

heavyweight champion has lost three in a row, sandwiching a

decision loss to Daniel Cormier between TKO defeats to Josh Barnett

and dos Santos.

The duo will pair off at UFC 167 with their backs against the

wall, and unless a last minute reprieve comes, only the winner will

live to fight again in the Octagon.