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Mir to face Overeem at UFC 167

ESPN staff
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Frank Mir has taken heavy punishment in his last three fights © AP
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Former heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem will meet on November 16 at UFC 167 in Las Vegas, promotion officials confirmed on Friday.

Mir, a two-time UFC titleholder [lineal and interim], has lost three fights in a row. He was on the receiving end of technical knockouts in two of those losses. In between the TKOs, Mir was roughed up for three rounds by Daniel Cormier during a one-sided unanimous decision.

At UFC 164 on August 31, Mir was stopped in the first round by Josh Barnett. Although Mir was being outclassed in the fight, many observers complained afterwards that referee Rob Hinds' stoppage at the one minute 56 seconds mark came too quickly.

The loss dropped Mir's professional record to 16-8. Despite his recent slide, Mir remains ranked at no. 10 among heavyweights by ESPN.com.

Overeem has lost two fights in a row, both by knockout. A first round front kick to the chin from Travis Browne sent the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion (36-13 with one no contest) to the canvas on August 17.

Browne then delivered punches to the face of Overeem, who could no longer defend himself, forcing referee Mario Yamasaki to jump in at the four minutes eight seconds mark.

The Mir-Overeem bout, with both needing a vital victory, becomes the third announced for UFC 167. In the main event, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre puts his title on the line against hard-hitting Johny Hendricks.

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will face ex-middleweight and light-heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen in the co-main event.

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