The UFC today officially announced details of the UFC 111 event which will take place on March 27th In New Jersey.
As expected the headline bout is the welterweight title bout between Georges St.Pierre and Dan Hardy. Along with this the UFC have now confirmed that the clash between Shane Carwin and Frank Mir will be for the interim heavyweight title.
“It’s an honor to not only fight for the interim UFC heavyweight title, but to do so against a respected former champion like Frank Mir,” Carwin says on the UFC site.
The news is set to bring renewed concerns over Brock Lesnar’s health. At the weekend Dana White had told reporters that they were holding off on making a decision over the future of the heavyweight division until they received an update on how long Lesnar is likely to be out of action. That information was expected to be discovered this week as the current champion was expected to undergo a full check-up from one of the countries top doctors.
White had stated that if the news was good then Lesnar could potentially fight in just a few months, but with today’s announcement that the heavyweight division is now going to feature an interim title, that option now seems unlikely.
The worst case scenario for the champ would be major surgery which could require up to two years on the sidelines, or even an end to his career.
At this stage it is all speculation of course, and there may be another reason why the UFC have come to this decision. We will keep you updated on the situation as and when we discover more information.