UFC President Dana White before the UFC 110 event that they were going to wait and see about who would get the first shot at the returning heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Then after the UFC 110 event and Cain Velasquez's win over Dana White's quote "The greatest heavyweight ever" he stated that Velasquez will get the first shot at Lesnar.
Cain Velasquez is currently undefeated in the UFC and his other professional MMA fights. He has wins over Cheik Kongo, Ben Rothwell and now Minotauro Noguiera. Velasquez is one of the most exciting heavyweights in the UFC and now he will get his chance at glory. Brock Lesnar has been set up to return at UFC 116.
The only problem standing in Velasquez's way is the winner of the interim heavyweight title fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin. UFC President Dana White has said that "If the winner of the interim title fight is hurt, then Cain Velasquez will fill the slot otherwise it will be the winner of that fight." In that situation of the interim title fight winner fighting Lesnar, where would that put Velasquez?
In my own opinion I think Velasquez should get the first shot at the champion. If the loser of the interim title fight is uninjured, then that might work up an interesting fight for Velasquez. If Shane Carwin should win his Fight with Frank Mir, then a Mir-Velasquez fight would be very good.
Frank Mir is known for his submission skills, which is not uncommon in the heavyweight division but not usual. Velasquez is known for his wrestling and now his knock out power. It would be very interesting to see what each fighter would bring to the table to out do each other. If this turns out to be the situation and I was Velasquez; I would try to avoid my wrestling because it would be very easy for Frank Mir to slip in a submission. I would just try and keep it standing.
If I was Mir in this situation; I would be very cautious with my ground game but I would try to take the fight there. Three of four of Frank Mir's last four wins have been by submission. Things I would work on if I was Mir wouldn't be much. I would touch up on my stand up, not too much but just a little, because out of Frank Mir's UFC wins, noe of them have been offically ruled a knock out.
Cain Velasquez ,on the other hand, has won seven of his eight wins by knock out or TKO. Only three of Mir's wins have been by TKO.
If Frank Mir wins the interim title and Shane Carwin gets a fight with Velasquez, then that could also be pretty good. Shane Carwin is 11-0 in his MMA career. This fight would probably be more competitve and interesting to watch. Both of these fighters are undefeated. Both of them are good all around fighters. Velasquez has wrestling and good hands. Shane Carwin has won by both TKO and knock out but one thing he has done that Velasquez hasn't is win by submission.
If I was Velasquez in this situation; I would be cautious in all areas of my game. If I had to choose one, I would try to keep it standing. A good hit and then a takedown would be all Velasquez needs to end it. At the same time If I was Shane Carwin; I would try to keep it standing. It would be a very even fight, but if I had to give it to one person, I would have to say Velasquez.
Shane Carwin and Frank Mir's interim title fight is scheduled to be at UFC 111 Hardy vs St-Pierre on March 27th. I wish all of my luck to these fighters' quest for gold.