In an article on this site a couple of weeks ago I suggested that a quick, decisive win for Frank Mir at UFC 107 could potentially put him right back in the mix at the top of the heap in the heavyweight division. Take a look at an excerpt from the article below.
If Mir can end this fight in short order and emerge relatively unscathed then that puts him in a good place in the division going into the early months of next year – particularly if the rumored interim title were to be given the green light.
With Cain Velasquez and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira set to fight in the Spring, the current top contender Shane Carwin is without an opponent for his expected return in February / March. A 100% healthy Mir could take that spot, and a win there would put him within touching distance of either a rematch with Lesnar, or if he is still recovering, then a battle for either the interim belt or the No.1 contender spot with the winner of Velasquez – Nogueira.
On Saturday night Mir certainly did put on a show, getting the better of Cheick Kongo on the feet, and then on the ground, to claim victory in just 72 seconds. In many ways it couldn’t have went better.
As predicted this has now reinvigorated interest in the former champion, and there is now a feeling that a fight with number one contender Shane Carwin could be in the offing.
Though Frank Mir has spoken often of his desire to face Lesnar for a third time, there is still a real chance that the current heavyweight champion may require major surgery and, in the worst case scenario, may never fight again.
After the fight Mir spoke with MMAweekly about the possibility of fighting Carwin.
“Carwin is a phenomenal match-up, and I think if I can’t fight Brock again to show that I’ve made improvements against that style, I think Shane Carwin is a more than an ample substitution. If anything, I think he’s a better version.”
It’s not ideal for Shane Carwin however. Just a couple of months ago he was in training for a fight with Brock Lesnar at UFC 106. Now he faces the prospect of having to fight at least one more time before getting another chance to compete for the belt.
Despite that, in a new post on his blog at the weekend Carwin seems more than willing to entertain the idea of fighting Mir.
“The main question I am getting is would I fight Frank? The answer is easy – YES. I am not a fighter who decides who he fights. I fight who I am told to fight. I like it that way. I am not trying to build a legacy I am trying to fight the best fighters in the world and determine where I fit in. Mir is a multiple-time Champion who has been counted out more than Mike Tyson to only find himself right back at the top. He is a LEGEND of the sport and I would be honored to fight him.”
Whether this match-up could become a reality or not very much depends on when Brock Lesnar will be ready to compete again.
“I’m going to wait and see whether he has to have this major surgery before I make any big decisions,” White said just days ago when asked what is going to happen with the heavyweight division. “We’ll know about Brock in a month-and-a-half, and then I’ll make that decision.”
If Lesnar is found at that stage to be fit enough to compete in the summer then the Lesnar – Carwin match-up will likely go ahead as was originally planned, and Mir may have to defeat either the winner of Big Nog Vs Velasquez, or Dos Santos Vs Yvel instead.
On the other hand, If for any reason the champion is going to be out for longer then I see no reason why Mir Vs Carwin won’t take place.