Heavyweight contenders Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir are set to battle it out at UFC 167 in November. While in Toronto to promote this weekend’s UFC 165, UFC President Dana White was asked if this bout was a “do or die” situation, to which he replied, “definitely.”
Mir is currently facing a trio of recent losses to Daniel Cornier, Junior Dos Santos and Josh Barnett. Alistair Overeem meanwhile is fighting his own demons, dropping two knockouts in a row to Antonio Silva and Travis Browne.
As a fighter, recovering from a losing streak can be mentally difficult, especially when you’re as proud as these two fighters. When your boss tells the world that you’d better be impressive, more or less hinting at the fact that the loser will be cut from the UFC, you better put in 110%.
It seems that Alistair Overeem at least has come to terms with this.
“I am telling you this, if I lose to Frank Mir, I better start doing something else, because I can’t lose three fights in a row,” he said in a recent interview on The MMA Hour. “If I lose to him, that’s three in a row so I better start doing something else because that’s definitely not good. I still would like to fight a couple of years, so, that being said, I’m not going to retire [should he lose to Mir]. Frank Mir, I just need to beat this guy.”