Whether it was too much good ole fashioned horse meat or something of the anabolic variety, Alistair Overeem’s through the roof testosterone level’s have likely scrapped the super showdown between himself and current champ Junior dos Santos at UFC 146. Finding a suitable replacement that will provide an equal level of pre-fight excitement is all but impossible. However, there are several options under UFC contract that are intriguing, but only one man that could generate the same level of hype as Overeem. Unfortunately, he isn’t under contract with the UFC….yet.
Frank Mir– Mir is coming off three consecutive victories inside the octagon including a brutal finish of submission wizard Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. As a former UFC champion, Mir has the credentials and the current success to warrant a shot. The big question is does Mir have the chin to stand up to Dos Santos’ heavy shots on the feet? Both Nogueira and Shane Carwin exposed that weakness in their fights with Mir. One can only imagine what the much quicker Dos Santos would do. Mir’s only hope is to get the fight to the ground and fast. That will be a difficult proposition given the champions speed and quick hips.
Mark Hunt– Another former K1 champion, Hunt hasn’t had the same MMA success as Overeem, but his career has been on the upswing lately. The “Super Somoan” has reeled off three consecutive victories under the UFC banner, and may be the only contender who can give Dos Santos a serious test on the feet. Not only does Hunt have arguably the best chin in MMA, but also has a variety of weapons he can utilize on the feet. He has that one punch knockout power that keeps fans on the edge of their seats. This fight gets dicey for Hunt should Dos Santos decide to take the fight to the ground. Neither has shown great submission skills, but the man who trains under the Noguiera brothers likely has the advantage.
Cain Velasquez– This seems to be the fight nobody wants to see again. The first go around between these two was supposed to be an epic heavyweight war. It lasted all of about a minute, and ended with Velasquez face down on the canvas. The debacle ruined what was supposed to be the UFC’s glorious debut into mainstream on Fox. Pitting these two against each other so quickly isn’t something the fans aren’t clamoring for, and surely won’t save this card.
Fedor Emelianenko– In terms of sports long shots, this one might be up there with the all time greats. Emelianenko, once considered the greatest heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist, has long been UFC President, Dana White’s “white whale.” he is without a doubt the greatest fighter never to compete inside the octagon. Emelianenko’s management have held deals with the UFC up for years, but have recently expressed a desire to work something out. This is without question the only fight that could not only match, but surpass the excitement of an Overeem vs. Dos Santos match up. Has Fedor earned a shot with his recent performances? Nope. However, his body of work over the course of his career without a doubt has. Fedor and Dos Santos are lethal on the feet, have elite ground games, and are similar in size. Not only would the fight be extremely competitive, but it would also be a historic event in MMA history.
The ball is in your court Dana.