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Frank Mir: In The UFC, Overeem Will Have Trouble Dealing With Wrestlers And The Cage

With Zuffa, LLC’s purchase of Strikeforce setting in, it seems like only a matter of time before MMA fans get to see the potential Strikeforce vs. UFC super fights that they have for so long salivated.

It’s hard not to get excited over the idea of seeing fights like Nick Diaz vs. Georges St. Pierre or Alistair Overeem vs. Cain Velasquez, but — specifically in regards to the latter — former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir warns that some of these anticipated match ups may not turn out to be as competitive as some fans would like to see.

“With all the guys with the wrestling ability, I don’t think [Alistair] Overeem will do as well a lot of fans would like him to do,” Mir recently told MMA:30. “Obviously the guy’s won at K-1, you can’t say enough about his stand up. He’s a great fighter. He has a pretty wicked guillotine — at least at light heavyweight he does, I haven’t really seen him establish it too much since he’s put the weight on — but he has some submissions off his back… He’s been fighting in boxing rings and stuff and now, going and fighting in the cage — which, he’s had fights in cages, but you get some of the guys like Velasquez, or Carwin or Brock, and they change levels on you and they push you into the cage and rip you down. So, I think Overeem’s gonna have to deal with the cage now and, when you’re a striker, it’s an issue.”

The current Strikeforce heavyweight champ, Alistair Overeem recently returned to MMA competition from winning the K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 and is scheduled to face Fabricio Werdum this June in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix quarter-finals.

Check out the video below of Mir’s entire interview with MMA:30.