Mir-Lesnar II Is an Inevitable Showdown, But Its Delay May Lead to Another Treat

Chris WalshContributor IMarch 7, 2009

On Feb. 2, 2008, Frank Mir did what every hardcore MMA fan (including myself) knew would happen.

In 1:30 of the first round Mir locked in a kneebar after taking a few shots and disappointed all of the casual UFC fans who all thought that the big guy with the sword on his chest would win for sure.

With the defeat of Randy Couture at UFC 91 in what many felt was a premature title opportunity, and Frank Mir's stoppage of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92, the rematch was inevitable, and many felt unexpected.

I, for one, was also surprised by the turn of events, thinking that the unification of the UFC heavyweight belt would be between Couture and Nogueira.  But Lesnar and Mir both rose to the occasion and will be fighting at UFC 98 in may.

Or so we thought. Recent reports indicate that a knee injury may delay the much anticipated rematch, though confirmation is pending. 

According to a report from Sherdog.com, Mir had stated that he was hoping the bout would be "hopefully in the summer, as I needed some scope done on my knee." If this is the case then the rematch may be postponed to the monumental UFC 100.

As for a possible main event for UFC 98, chances are a match possibly more exciting and more anticipated than Mir-Lesnar 2 is being arranged as we speak. I am speaking of course about Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the match that many people last year thought would be for the championship. 

If this is the case, then fans should not be disappointed by the delay in Mir-Lesnar.

With the failed signing of No. 1 ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in '07, all eyes were on Couture and Nogueira as the next big fight. But of course, with Couture's temporary exit from the UFC to pursue Fedor, the fight was not to be, at least not then.

Now of course it's a different story, with Couture and Nogueira both losing to underdogs Lesnar and Mir respectively, both men will have something to prove. 

Depending on who wins this fight a possible title shot against the winner of the unification could loom in the future. 

Personally I cannot wait for either of these fights.  On the one hand you have a young, inexperienced champion looking for redemption against a man once considered the most dangerous heavyweight alive. 

On the other you have two aging former champions looking to prove themselves once again. 

No matter how this goes, it's win-win all the way.