UFC 111 will take place in Newark,NJ on March 27th with the Main event featuring George St. Pierre and Dan Hardy for the Welterweight title. Frank Mir and Shane Crawin are setup to fight for the interim Heavyweight title. The Heavyweight title was originally set to be defended at UFC 106 in November between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. Lesnar unfortunately was struck by mono which turned into diverticulosis or as Lesnar would say "A hole in my stomach." UFC 106 removed the Heavyweight title main event and replaced it with the, just then signed, Tito Ortiz fighting Forrest Griffin for the second time.
Dana White said that the UFC would wait to see if Lesnar needed surgery before making a decision of an interim title or even stripping the title from Lesnar. Lesnar did end up needing surgery and was out of training for months. Lesnar made a miraculous recovery from the surgery and has started doing basic training. Lesnar has stated that he has gained twenty pounds of muscle after losing forty from the illness. His return is in sight for the UFC 116 event on July 3rd.
The idea is that he will be fighting the winner of the Frank Mir - Shane Carwin fight for the interim title. Another fight might be thrown into the mix with the winner of the Cain Velasquez - Antonio Nogueira fight at UFC 110. Dana White said "That the UFC would determine who would fight Lesnar next after the outcome of those two fights."
Lesnar said he would like Mir one more time. I'm sure the world would love to see that also. I myself would too, but I would like to see a mixture of fights before then. I would like to see Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar fight. A Nogueira - Lesnar fight would be good, as would the original Heavyweight championship fight Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar.
The rubber match would be awesome to see because everyone wants to see what Lesnar has brought to the table after coming off of a devestating illness. Everyone wants to see what Mir has changed and what he will use in a rematch after losing to Lesnar one day shy of a year from the original Heavyweight championship fight.
Lesnar of course won that fight and revenging his only loss in his MMA career. Lesnar was very overlooked and underestimated. I remember the thought that a professional wrestler coming to the UFC was just silly. The only thing I gave Lesnar in his first few fights was size, but that came in very handy. He used his size to his full advantage in all of his fights. The only reason he messed up in his debut with Frank Mir was because he didn't know his Jiu Jitsu. It is obvious now that Lesnar is not going to be one of those "Here today and Gone tommorrow" types of champions.
We will have to wait and see what is going to happen with this division. Hopefully the UFC will make a good decision with who fights who and who gets what chance. I wish the best of luck to everyone.
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