Now that Shane Carwin has bowed out of his UFC 125 contest against Ultimate Fighter Season 10 winner Roy Nelson due to a scheduled back surgery, matchmaker Joe Silva is now scrambling to find a replacement.
Might I make suitable suggestion in former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir? Not sure if this would make sense? Well, let me give you 4 concrete reasons why.
Frank Mir is currently one of the only top tier heavyweights that are eligible to get a training camp together in time for the New Years Day match up.
With newly crowned champ Cain Velasquez set to take on Junior Dos Santos on a most likely March or April card and Brock Lesnar on a mandatory 180 day medical suspension, Mir would seem like the best choice since he just completed his snooze fest of a fight with Mirko Cro Cop in September.
A match up between these two would be pretty entertaining in both areas of the battle.
ON THE FEET
From the stand up , both have respectable power and ability.
In addition, from the looks of things, Nelson can take a punch. We saw a perfect example of this when Nelson took on Junior Dos Santos at UFC 117 in a 3 round slobber-knocker.
However, I can't say the same thing for Frank Mir. In his past bouts with power punchers he tends to buckle and turtle up.
ON THE GROUND
Lets say Mir does get trapped on the losing end of a stand up affair; his best bet would be to take it to the ground ASAP where he might stand a better chance. Both men have a high level of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and have met before at the widely known grappling tournament, Grappler's Quest in 2003.
Nelson managed to get the victory over Mir, but as you can see from the video it was a highly competitive match.
For Roy Nelson, this fight would actually have a serious impact over which direction he goes in the UFC Heavyweight ladder.
If he losses against Mir, it would put him down with two strikes, and as it usually goes in the UFC - 3 strikes and you're out.
UFC President, Dana White has already had an issue with Nelson since he competed on season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter due what he felt was a lack of dedication to his conditioning.
A loss puts him further away from where he needs to be to get to a title shot.
A decisive victory over Frank Mir places Nelson on the following path towards a title shot:
1 - Brock Lesnar: Which would be a nice match up for Brock to try to get back on the road to a title shot.
2- The winner of the Velasquez - Dos Santos fight which most likely will take place some time in the late winter or early spring.
In Frank Mir's case, this fight allows him to continue his quest back to a title shot. However, he would need to be careful here.
If he losses against Nelson, he would pretty much be relegated to nothing more than a permanent gatekeeper.
While the Las Vegas native would probably never get bounced from the UFC, his plans to get back on top would be highly unlikely.
A decisive victory - and I must emphasize the word decisive in Mir's case - would put him on a continuous pace back to a potential title shot.
Here are the following options where Mir could go in after a win :
1 - Brock Lesnar: This would be an excellent way to end the triology. If Mir can somehow beat Lesnar, it will finally allow him to conquer the demons he's been facing in his own mind after suffering a vicious loss to the former champ at UFC 100.
2- The loser of the Velasquez - Dos Santos fight some time in the late winter or early spring. If he's able to take that opponent down, then he would be in perfect line for a title shot.
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