Yesterday it was revealed that UFC’s current heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar had underwent “minor” surgery for an intestinal problem. White told the LA Times today that they are now “waiting to see if he needs more.”
With Lesnar likely to be out for some considerable time there has been much speculation over a potential interim heavyweight title being created while he recovers.
White appears to have confirmed that this will be the case, telling the paper that he’s, “working on it right now.”
Heavyweight fighters who could potentially fight for the interim title in Lesnar’s absence include Shane Carwin, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir.
Considering he was already chosen to be the next challenger for the title, Shane Carwin is certain to be involved. He has reported within the last few days that he is recovering from a knee injury and will be available to fight after UFC 108 on January 2nd.
As for his potential opponent, Nogueira is currently out with a severe staph infection which may effect his chances of competing for the title in the near future.
Frank Mir meanwhile is set to fight Cheick Kongo at UFC 107. An impressive showing there may help his chances of being selected, but with that bout not taking place until Mid December, the decision may have already been made by then.
That leaves Cain Velasquez who made a statement in his previous fight with a dominating victory over veteran Ben Rothwell at UFc 104. Earlier this year he had been lined up to face Carwin, but that bout was later scrapped when Carwin was chosen instead to face Brock Lesnar.
With Velasquez being healthy, having no fight currently scheduled and having a legitimate reason why he should fight Carwin i’m leaning towards this being the interim match-up, more than likely at UFC 109 in February.