It seems there’s been a change of plans at UFC HQ. It had been widely reported in recent weeks that TUF 10 finalist Brendan Schaub was set to face former heavyweight champion Frank Mir in the early months of 2011, but that is apparently no longer the case.
Instead Schaub will now face another up and coming heavyweight fighter Stefan Struve instead at UFC On Versus 3 in March.
It’s a fight that certain makes sense with both fighters finding themselves on the radar thanks to recent wins. The 27 year-old Schaub pieced together an impressive three fight winning streak in 2010, most notably his recent win over Gabriel Gonzaga, while the only man to beat him in the UFC, Roy Nelson, also happened to beat 23 year-old Struve early this year.
That loss aside Struve has only lost to current No.1 contender Junior Dos Santos in his seven fight UFC career to date. Given that he’s currently the youngest fighter in the promotion’s heavyweight ranks and is currently working to add weight to his 6ft 11″ frame, ‘The Skyscraper’ is undoubtedly one to watch in the division in 2011.
UFC On Versus 3 takes place on March 3rd, and is expected to be headlined by a welterweight clash between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann.
With Schuab otherwise engaged it’ll be interesting to see what happens now for Frank Mir. Could the rubber match with Brock Lesnar be back on? Will they coach on TUF?
Honestly, it’s hard to say at this point as there’s been too many twists and turns in this story already. Mir is still a bigger name than either Schaub or Struve at the moment though, so the fact they’ve taken him out of that fight makes me think they have something bigger in store for him in the near future.
If it’s not Lesnar then Roy Nelson could still be a possibility worth considering as well if the UFC can get his contract dispute with Roy Jones Jr’s Square Ring Promotions sorted out.
A rematch with Shane Carwin is not an option though, as the former No.1 contender recently stated that he doesn’t expect to be back in action until May at the earliest.