Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Alistair Overeem was sliding away from title contention with two straight losses heading into UFC 169.
However, he turned things around against Frank Mir, who continued his own struggles on Saturday. Unable to get anything done while standing or threaten Overeem with many submissions on the ground, Mir suffered his fourth consecutive loss.
While a win over Mir doesn't mean what it once did, Overeem's victory over the weekend put him back in the hunt for a shot at the heavyweight championship. If only because a fight between the former Strikeforce champion and Cain Velasquez would sell well, Overeem could be one win away from battling for UFC gold.
Official UFC Heavyweight Rankings
Champion: Cain Velasquez
- Junior dos Santos
- Fabricio Werdum
- Travis Browne
- Daniel Cormier
- Antonio Silva (+1)
- Josh Barnett (-1)
- Alistair Overeem (+2)
- Stipe Miocic (-1)
- Mark Hunt (-1)
- Roy Nelson (+1)
- Frank Mir (-1)
- Gabriel Gonzaga
- Minotauro Nogueira
- Stefan Struve
- Brendan Schaub
With a win over Mir, Overeem deserved to surpass Stipe Miocic, whose biggest victory came against a poorly conditioned Roy Nelson. However, the rankings panel also made a good decision to keep "The Reem" below Barnett, despite the American's recent loss to Travis Browne.
After all, Overeem was also knocked out by Browne, and he did not beat Mir as impressively as Barnett did at UFC 164, where "The Warmaster" stopped Mir in the first round.
Although he fought to a draw with an Antonio Silva, who failed his drug test at UFC Fight Night 33, Mark Hunt continues to fall further behind the Brazilian.
If he is going to be ranked below Silva, Hunt should only sit one position below "Bigfoot" in the heavyweight rankings. Overeem does have a victory over Hunt, but that matchup occurred more than five years ago.
Results and Upcoming Fights
UFC 169 Heavyweight Fights
- No. 7 Alistair Overeem defeated No. 11 Frank Mir by unanimous decision.
UFC Fight Night 36 Heavyweight Fights