UFC 169 last night saw a Heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir that ended with a battered and bloodied Mir getting his fourth UFC loss in a row. Overeem beat Mir up in the early going of the fight, setting the tone for the rest of the fight. Like against Cormier, Mir seemed unable to get off any offense at all, and Overeem was able to manage his gas enough that the wheels did not come off and he was active throughout the fight. For Overeem it puts him back on track, snapping a 2 fight losing streak, while Mir is now mired in a 4 fight losing streak of his own. What is next for both men?
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Overeem chose to call out Brock Lesnar during the post fight activities, so even he is thinking he needs another win or two before asking for a title shot.
Champion Cain Velasquez is out with an injury, and his next defense late this year will likely come from the Travis Browne-Fabricio Werdum matchup, so Overeem may be looking at a meeting with Josh Barnett or Stipe Miocic. Barnett is another long time top dog who is coming off a loss and needs a name opponent next, while Miocic is a young gun who also is in need of a big time opponent to keep his trajectory. Another possibility could be former champion Junior Dos Santos, as he will presumably be back sometime this year.
For Mir, sadly, we will likely see him again. After four losses in a row and two long matches (Cormier and Overeem) where he was unable to generate any offense and became a punching bag it is safe to say his days at the top of the division are over. He is a Vegas native however, and a long time friend of UFC brass, and will likely stick in a diminished role. He makes good money, so his next likely match-ups are among the aging veterans of the division such as Antonio Noguiera, Roy Nelson and Mark Hunt.