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Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir Confirmed as #1 Heavyweight Contender Fight at UFC 146

(Velasquez’s tattoos include an ’88′ on his back that’s brown-nationalist code for “Heil Homies”.)

In terms of sheer mass, UFC 146 (May 26th, Las Vegas) is shaping up to be the biggest card of the year. Already headlined by the heavyweight title fight between Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, and also featuring Big Country vs. Bigfoot and Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Del Rosario, another pivotal large-man matchup has now been added to the event.

UFC president Dana White has confirmed that the rumored bout between former champions Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir has been verbally agreed to for UFC 146, and will officially be a #1 contender’s match in the heavyweight division. In other words, the winner of JDS vs. Overeem will know his next opponent that same night.

It will be the first Octagon appearance for Cain Velasquez since he lost his title to Dos Santos last November at UFC on FOX 1. Velasquez was coming back from a long shoulder-injury layoff at the time, so that 64-second defeat was the only cage-time he logged in 2011.

Mir is on a three-fight win-streak overall, including a knockout win against Mirko Cro Cop, a unanimous decision win against Roy Nelson, and his spectacular comeback win against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140, where Mir snapped Big Nog’s arm with a kimura after getting rocked on his feet.

Prediction: The next UFC heavyweight title fight after UFC 146 will be Alistair Overeem vs. Cain Velasquez. Discuss.

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Crazy Croat- March 9, 2012 at 5:16 am
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Todd M- March 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm
JDS and Cain will fight again for the belt, I will be doing some parlay betting that night.
RwilsonR- March 8, 2012 at 10:13 am
I want to say JDS will win, but i really think this will come down to who connects first. Could go either way.
RwilsonR- March 8, 2012 at 10:11 am
How does anyone see Mir winning? If he doesn't connect with a slow lumbering punch in the first 30 seconds, he will be gassed out. And Cain has all the lettuce-picking stamina he needs to takes this well into the later rounds.
RB- March 8, 2012 at 10:11 am
Yea, I don't think Overeem can take too many punches from JDS; I think he'll fold somewhere by the end of the 2nd round.

Mir CANNOT take a punch, and unless he miraculously grabs a limb/neck/ankle from Cain, I think Cain takes this via TKO. I'll pulling for Mir though, as he's on a 3 fight win streak & has had only 3 decisions in his 21 pro fights.. he's always been exciting to watch. Cain, on the other hand... just doesn't float my boat.

Big Country pastes Bigfoot by the end of the 2ns round. I htink BF will try to take it down once he see's that he cannot hurt Roy... at all... then gets clipped/caught on the break. I htink both guys are going to take a lot of strikes... and Roy will always, always win that war.
johnhayte- March 8, 2012 at 9:44 am
JDS wins by UD with tighter boxing and superior stamina. Cain is too strong and fast for Mir and will win in the first or second round via vicious GNP.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- March 8, 2012 at 9:40 am
I don't like the fat kids
SnackDaddy- March 8, 2012 at 9:36 am
What the hell have you guys been smoking around here? You seriously think Mir stands a chance against Cain? Gimme a fucking break. Cain is undoubtedly one of the top heavyweights right now. He got unlucky in his last fight. It happens. And you're seriously supporting a washedout Frank Mir who hasn't looked the same since his first beating at the hands of Brock (someone who was ironically destroyed at the hands of Cain).
TungFo- March 8, 2012 at 9:22 am
@ Sho Nuff, my thoughts exactly. Im not sure Cain looked "chinny" against Kongo, I'm pretty sure every heavyweight in the division if caught with a flush right from Kongo would drop, but not all would bounce back like Cain did. I pick Cain to win via tko.

As for JDS vs. Horseslayer? I pick JDS only because he wastes no time throwing punches.
hitekredneck- March 8, 2012 at 9:21 am
I see Dos Santos nailing Overeem with a right for the night....Cain getting a tko over mir unless mir gets ahold of a limb....and big country steamrolling thru bigfoot....
Duh Ogre- March 8, 2012 at 9:11 am
I see JDS over Reem via TKO, Mir over Cain via submission. Cain has a suspect chin (seen in Kongo fight) and Mir has too many tools. I see Nelson easily KO'ing Big Foot.
Double OG- March 8, 2012 at 8:55 am
Mir v Cain = Cain by KO 1st round.

JDS v Horse meat = JDS by decision if he can't out wrestle Mr. Ed.

Country v Bigfoot = Gravedigger for Big Cunt. He's on his way out of the league.

Putting my money down in Vegas, bitches.
jojoboxer23- March 8, 2012 at 8:25 am
JDS beats Overeem by TKO round 4 Mir beats Cain by rear naked choke round 3
The12ozCurls- March 8, 2012 at 8:25 am
This fight card from top to bottom kicks ass -- I mean the opening fight curtain jerker right now stands as Kyle Kingsbury against Glover Texiera. 4 HW fights then you throw in Dan Hardy & Dwayne Ludwig along with Diego Brandao in another fight. Possibly fight card of the year right here.
Sho Nuff- March 8, 2012 at 8:24 am
@Antfarmer: say wha?
"Neither of them are terribly consistent. "

Cain is 9-1, with 8 KOs, 6 in the 1st round, and you call that not consistent? I do not think that means what you think it means.
Fletch the V Stretch- March 8, 2012 at 7:53 am
I personally don't think Overeem has as much of a chance as you guys seem to think. He looked great against Brock but I mean come on: one fighter has tons of experience and K-1 victories and the other guy has 5 fights and hasn't figured out how to take a punch? How in the world anyone ever thought Brock would win that fight blew my mind. JDS is on another level and I think you will see Overeem turtle just like Brock did when he gets punched by JDS. As far as Cain/Mir.. I see Mir having more ways to win. It also depends on if Cain has been training hard again and has improved his cardio and speed to where it used to be.
gruge- March 8, 2012 at 7:41 am
I think Mir will pull an upset. I agree, I think Cain will be too hesitant, and so afraid of loosing a second in a row they he wont pull the trigger. How can anyone honestly give the title fight to Overeem. He looked good against Brock, but I cant beleive people actualy thought Brock stood a chance in that fight. A striker against a man who CANNOT take a punch?. It was always an easy fight for the Reem. JDS has got this, it will stay stood up and he will dismantel Overeem early. Nelson vs Bigfoot I probably wont even bother to watch. I like Nelson, but watching him lumber around all tired,sweaty and hairy getting punched in the face by a man who looks like he has another fist for a chin just screams "freak show" a bit too much for me.
ThatKidZeus- March 8, 2012 at 7:38 am
Bring on the big boys! Cain vs Mir, can't call it. That one can go either way. Overeem stops JDS via strikes is my guess. Should be an interesting night of fights. I know there's been tons of hype surrounding the fly weights and that's great but 4 heavy weight bouts on one card? As Big John would say... Bring it on-come on!!!
ArmFarmer- March 8, 2012 at 7:25 am
JDS over Overeem via will to win/not being a bitch. Have no idea on Mir/Cain.. that's a hard one to call. Neither of them are terribly consistent.
errandboy- March 8, 2012 at 7:17 am
Cain is a myth who has now been found out. He looked chinny against Kongo and Mir has too many ways to win this. Overeem has been looking good, but Dos Santos may have too much heart and if he drags him into deep water Overeem will fold
ChucksChin- March 8, 2012 at 7:11 am
Cain is gonna be hesitant, Mir by tko. I see the JDS Overeem fight going to the ground, JDS by gnp.
SnackDaddy- March 8, 2012 at 7:01 am
This won't end pretty for, Mir.
Sho Nuff- March 8, 2012 at 7:01 am
Night of the heavyweights, I love it. Now, let's just hope all the fights stay on course.

And I agree, Overeem starches JDS, Cain runs over Mir.
ArmFarmer- March 8, 2012 at 6:33 am
4 heavyweight fights on 1 televised card? Interesting... I like it.