The unprecedented injury bug that has devastated the UFC as of late took another bite out they ass last night when MMAJunkie revealed that Frank Mir was forced to withdraw from his November 3rd Strikeforce bout against Daniel Cormier, possibly due to a knee injury. This bug, curse, pandemic, Rapture, anal thrashing – whatever we’re calling it nowadays, is downright vicious, and seems to have an appetite that will not be satisfied.
This is horrible news. Before Mir agreed to cross over to Strikeforce to face Cormier, the rumor mill had MMA whipping boy Tim Sylvia as an option simply because there are no quality big dudes left in Strikeforce. So what the hell do they do now? They can find a replacement, although they won’t find one as legitimate and marketable as Mir, or they can scrap the fight.
Cormier is a top notch heavyweight. He needs to be kept active. Luckily they still have six weeks to the show – ample time to find a replacement. As far as I know, Fabricio Werdum isn’t locked into another fight. He’d make a fine challenge for Cormier. Aside from him, there just aren’t a lot of name value giants out there to choose from.
So can the UFC pull another rabbit out of their already sore ass and save this card? If they can’t get Werdum, maybe they go back to Timmy. I know Sylvia has more pressing business to attend to, like a 5th fight with Andrei Arlovski, but maybe he’d put that on the back burner for the chance to get back under the Zuffa umbrella and partake in a fight that actually matters.