UFC 111 is set to premier on March 27, headlined by Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy.
Although the St-Pierre vs. Hardy fight is the main event, another fight on the card has main event potential, Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin.
This fight is for the Interim Heavyweight Championship, and the winner will most likely face Brock Lesnar or Cain Valasquez.
Frank Mir is 30 years old, stands 6'3" tall, and weighs in at 265 lbs. Mir has a professional mixed martial arts record of 13 wins and four losses. More than half of Mir's wins come by way of submission.
He holds a black belt in Kenpo Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Frank also is trained in boxing and Muay Thai. Mir is known for his excellent ground work, and is a submission specialist, he's not afraid to tell you how good he is either
Mir's opponent is Shane Carwin. Carwin is the elder, coming into the fight at age 35. He stands 6'3" tall, and weighs in at the heavyweight limit of 265 lbs. Shane has a perfect professional mixed martial arts record of 11 wins and no losses. His wins are pretty evenly split between submissions and knock outs.
Carwin holds a brown belt in BJJ, was an NCAA Division II wrestler, and has boxing experience. Though his credentials favor his ground work, Carwin's stand up has been coming along nicely in the UFC.
Going into this fight, I think both fighters have opposite game plans. Mir is going to want to stay away from the heavy hands of Carwin. Knowing Mir though, his ego got so huge after knocking down Cheick Kongo in his last fight he will probably push the envelope.
If Mir does decide to takedown Carwin, I think he will be a lot more successful and comfortable, rather than standing up with Shane.
Carwin is going to look to stand and trade with Mir, though he doesn't have a big advantage in doing so. If one thing Mir has improved drastically in, it's his boxing, and Mir gained nothing but confidence after that Kongo beat down.
My prediction for this fight is Mir by early third round submission. Look for a lot of explosiveness from Mir, but watch out for Carwin's counter punching. Shane's got big, heavy hands and has a lot of knock out power.
This is going to be a very good fight, and could possibly over shadow the St-Pierre vs. Hardy fight. If I had to guess, I would say Mir vs. Carwin will be fight of the night.
Don't take your eyes off the TV on March 27, anything can happen with these two fighters.