mma_g_overeem2_576-450x253UFC officials released a statement earlier today to announce that the heavyweight clash between Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem has been rescheduled to UFC 169 on February 1, 2014.  The bout will serve as the co-main event of the UFC’s traditional Super Bowl weekend show, which is headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.

It appears the decision to move the bout stemmed from a joint decision between the Nevada Athletic Commission and the UFC to ensure that both heavyweight competitors had enough time to recover from their recent knockout losses. Overeem was knocked out with a front kick to bring his record to 1-2 in the UFC.

The statement can be viewed below:

The move was determined in conjunction with the Nevada State Athletic Commission representatives to provide more time following Frank Mir’s recent August 31st competition.

While there was no indication whatsoever that Mir wouldn’t be fully, medically cleared in time to compete on November 16th, UFC officials and Nevada Commission representatives believed that a short postponement would allow both athletes more time to train for the bout.

Moving the fight does not hinder the UFC 167 f20th anniversary fight card and it certainly adds star power a pivotal UFC show next year.

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