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It’s on!

Ask and you shall receive.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champions, Frank Mir and Josh Barnett, will indeed hook ’em up at UFC 164, a pay-per-view (PPV) event that takes place at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 31, 2013.

The world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion made the announcement this evening via; however, it did not indicate whether or not the anticipated clash would serve as the main event of the evening.

Mir is currently mired in the first-ever back-to-back losing streak of his professional MMA career, dropping a unanimous decision to Daniel Cormier at UFC on FOX 7 last month and getting pounded out by then-champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 in May 2012.

It’s not going to get any easier with Barnett, an experienced veteran who no doubt can put Mir’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu to the test (for better or worse).

Barnett, who recently reached a multi-fight deal to return to the Octagon for the first time since 2002 (more here), most recently made quick work of Nandor Guelmino at Strikeforce: “Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” in Jan. 2013. “Warmaster,” 35, has won nine of his 10 most recent matches, dating back to 2008, with the only blip during that span a unanimous decision loss to the aforementioned Cormier in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix little more than one year ago.

He’s now cleared to try and make good on his promises to “wreck shop” and “smash dudes’ faces.”

UFC 164 currently has several confirmed bouts, including Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera, Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier and Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes. Diego Sanchez is also expected to return to the Octagon against an opponent still to be determined.

Expect more announcements to follow soon with the show now just 12 weeks away.


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