Brock Lesnar Likely Out, While Mir and Carwin Fight for the Interim Belt
In the postfight press conference for UFC: 108, Dana White confirmed to the media that the UFC and fans alike would finally find out what the future holds for heavyweight behemoth Brock Lesnar*this coming week.
Dana White told the media there are two options for Brock Lesnar. One, Brock doesn't need further surgery and he will be back within the next few month. The other option is that Brock will require surgery that either ends his career or puts him on the shelf for at least a couple of years.
No further surgery would have meant Shane Carwin and Frank Mir would fight to determine Brock Lesnar's next challenger. If Brock required the surgery, Brock would either be stripped of the title or an interim title would be made.
On UFC.com it was just announced that there will be two title fights at UFC 111 on March 27, Georges St. Pierre vs Dan Hardy and Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin for the interim title.
Any conjecture from what has been announced by the UFC is obviously speculation, since no news on Lesnar's condition has officially been announced.
That being said, Lesnar is most likely requiring the surgery or he requires more time to heal then originally expected. Hopefully it is the latter, for both Lesnar's and the UFC's sake.
Seeing as how the bout between Mir and Carwin is being billed as an interim heavyweight title fight, one would assume that Brock is probably coming back, but probably much later then expected.
In any case, it is a official Mir and Carwin are fighting each other for a belt.
Frank Mir and Shane Carwin is a pretty interesting match up for fight fans.
Frank Mir has arguably some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the heavy weight division across all of mixed martial arts.
Until recently many critics of Mir have questioned his stand up and his wrestling.
Although Mir has good technical boxing, many fans feel that he lacks the punching power to put guys away. Mir answered to critics by getting the TKO against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and then two fights later dropping Cheick Kongo with a left hook and sinking in the guillotine choke.
As far as Mir's wrestling, that is a bit of an unknown for fight fans right now.
Mir hasn't shown good wrestling in any of his recent fights, in fact his wrestling looked awful in his loss to Brock Lesnar.
The one factor that might help Mir in the wrestling department is that he has added upwards of 25 pounds in lean muscle since July 2009.
Mir is now cutting to make the heavy weight limit of 265 lbs, making him one of the bigger heavy weights in the division along with Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar.
Although size and strength doesn't mean anything in terms of Mir's wrestling technique, it certainly won't hurt his ability to work for a take down or get out from under a big strong wrestler.
Mir has the technical skill to beat Carwin standing up or on the ground.
As for Shane Carwin, this fight will answer a lot of questions for Carwin fans and critics.
Until now Shane Carwin is undefeated over 11 fights and hasn't been in a fight that makes it out of round two, impressive right? Yes and no.
Carwin has shown tremendous punching power with 6 knockouts or technical knockouts due to punches in his 11 victories.
In terms of the submission game, Carwin has 5 submission victories to his name and holds a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt.
We haven't seen a lot of Carwin's wrestling, but he is an NCAA division II national champion, suggesting that he is no slouch.
The one glaring issue with Shane Carwin is the quality of opponents he has faced thus far, with Gabriel Gonzaga being his only notable opponent to date.
Couple that with the fact that Gonzaga had Carwin seeing stars early in the first round and one has to wonder how well will Carwin do against a top five heavyweight with an all around game?
Other question marks surrounding Carwin are his cardio, since he hasn't been in to deep waters in any of his fights yet and the fact that his striking is slow and predictable.
Carwin will have either a punchers chance at knocking Mir out because of his tremendous power or he will take Mir down and use his wrestling to control Mir on the ground.
In any case this is a good fight for fight fans around the world and a legitimate fight to determine the interim heavyweight champion.
In the end, the UFC, Fans, Mir and Carwin would like to see Lesnar make it back, not just to see him fight, but because nobody deserves to have their quality of life snatched away from them at such a young age.
The UFC recently went through a rough patch simply because they lost a lot of guys to injury, freak accidents and Hollywood. Joe Silva had his work cut out for him for the latter part of 2009 and for the most part he succeeded.
Now fight fans, casual and hard core, can look forward to action packed card in 2010 and UFC 111 with two title bouts is one of those cards.
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