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‘Championship Doubleheader’ Official for UFC 111

(From left to right: Focused, calm, stoic, and sleepy.)

To the unfamiliar, the above poster simply shows four shirtless white guys with eerily similar expressions. To us, it’s cause for celebration. As previously reported, UFC 111 (March 27, Newark) will be the first UFC event since #100 to feature two separate title fights on the same card; coincidentally, Georges St. Pierre and Frank Mir were part of that event as well. Tickets go on sale to Fight Club members this Thursday, newsletter subscribers on Friday, and to the general public on Saturday.

In a related story, Brock Lesnar‘s health status will be updated this week, which means we’ll soon find out whether he’ll be coming back this summer to fight the winner of Mir/Carwin, or if his career will be on ice for even longer — like, permanently. So basically, here are the possibilities we’re looking at, from most atractive to least attractive:

1) Lesnar makes a full recovery; Carwin beats Mir at UFC 111 and we get to see Lesnar/Carwin for the unified heavyweight title like we were supposed to originally.

2) Lesnar is out for good and has to relinquish his belt. The winner of Carwin/Mir faces Cain Velasquez, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, or Junior Dos Santos for the unified title.

3) Lesnar makes a full recovery; Mir beats Carwin at UFC 111; Lesnar and Mir have a third fight this summer for the unified title, while the other top contenders in the heavyweight division sit on their asses waiting for their turns.

4) Lesnar is told he’ll be bedridden for the rest of his life; he creates a robotic battle-suit; he wreaks havoc on Las Vegas, bathing in the blood of his enemies; Mir beats Carwin; Mir is beaten by James Toney.

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Grand Master B- January 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm

No worries bro just responding like a smart ass :) cdubb
nova123- January 6, 2010 at 11:29 am
This event is a lot better than UFC 78 (Past Newark, NJ UFC event) fight card so far. Fight card for 78 sucked. Does anyone know the fight club membership passcode to buy tickets tomorrow?
CheckHisPee- January 6, 2010 at 9:46 am
"bold and to the point"
ya, sounds about right if,
1. By "bold" you mean idiotic and
2. By "to the point" you mean possible but implausible
skeletor- January 6, 2010 at 6:21 am
Damn cdubb I don't have a problem with you. There is no reason to get so upset about a little friendly advise.
Robocop Didnt Tap- January 6, 2010 at 6:14 am
Looks like they're getting ready for an intense game of doubles paper, rock, scissors.
whitey- January 5, 2010 at 10:44 pm
bold and to the point!
whitey- January 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm
hardy wins ko 1st round. January 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm
well skeletor if you must know...........

1) I am only bringing one sack on the plane......maybe you can help me carry will be packin some pretty big nuts which are pretty heavy for a hippy to carry

2) I moved from Humboldt County....but its good to know that Portland is seen as a weed friendy city............maybe we can get diaz up here to fight......or maybe I can just meet up with Rogan while I am back there

3) i think I live a little far north for dreads......maybe CP will hook me up with a dread wig though so I hold up to the picture you have painted in your mind....

Damn not as liberal and peace loving............well thats too bad because i was going to put some flowers in my hair and sing some Janis Joplin as i got off the plane...better scratch that off.......thanks for the "experts opinion" on Jersey when compared to Portland
skeletor- January 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm
^^^^^don't forget the new FAA rules

1. No hackey sack on the plain
2. Leave your weed at home
3. By all means wash your dreads, that's not a law but just common
courtesy for other passengers.

Remember they are not as liberal and peace loving in Jersey as you guys are in Oregon so watch your back with those guidos. January 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm
So I have been waiting to watch GSP fight in person for too is CP gonna make an example out of me and fly me to the fight to report on GSP whoopin that ass........Dont forget my ringside seats....if possible.......Chris from Portland
Dr.- January 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm
Surprised Hardy isn't wearing that gay bandanna like the outlaw he is.

GSP has him beat on head-size already.
bitteralex- January 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm
this poster has all the intensity of a chess game between 5 year olds...

mthomas- January 5, 2010 at 2:47 pm
They probably stacked this card so much to appease the fans who are still pissed about the last NJ UFC event. If you'll recall, that one features the glorious main event of Rashad Evans Vs. Michael Bisping back when these two were even less popular or well-known than they are now.
Havokgamer- January 5, 2010 at 2:31 pm
HAHAHAHA I like the comment about GSP beating the "stupid accent" out of anyone. Definition : Irony.
Get Off Me- January 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm
GSP v. Hardy is goin to look a little bit like Rashad v. Silva fight, the only difference is GSP will nail his takedown attempts at the usual high percentage rate(if he even needs multiple attempts) and will work his magic until the fight is over, it's not going to decision. Hardy is a great striker, but best when countersriking and GSP won't give him much to counter striking wise when he rushes his ass to the cage wall and takes him down. I can't wait to see the look on his face when GSP hits him with the first TD, that helpless WTF was that look.

Mir v. Carwin I'll call it now, Carwin is about to be exposed, he's a good fighter but that's just the way it's going to be. When Carwin got clipped in the Gonzaga fight and kinda two stepped for a second, Mir hits harder and is going to probably finish him nicely, KOTN.
MrFeexit- January 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm
I don't like Lesnar per se, but I do wish him a speedy and full recovery. Like him or not he does tend to electrify things when he is fighting. Actually I just don't want to get hit by him...Just sayin...
ubidoob- January 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm
After GSP beats the stupid accent right out of Hardy, who's next?

I would like to see the winner of a Koscheck/Daley matchup fight GSP late summer, no later than August. Make Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves duke it out and then pit that winner against the winner of a Swick/Kampmann matchup and then give that person a shot at GSP in 2011, assuming no one else of value gets signed in the welterweight division between now and then.

The reason why Fitch should have to fight Alves and then the winner of a Swick/Kampmann match up is because Fitch cannot finish and is boring. Or at least his girlfriend said he had problems finishing. He cannot finish fights either- another strike against him. Maybe fighting two serious contenders would bring the monster out of him. Or maybe he would fail and be demoted to the UFC gatekeeper level like Matt Hughes. At that point, Fitch and Hughes would become permanent suck meter's for the welterweight division.

Just a thought.
El Famous Burrito- January 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm
That is the worst poster I've ever seen.

Even worse than my Ronnie James Dio-era Black Sabbath posters from back in the day.
Schizo310- January 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Hahaha! I like #4. Sounds like a Michael Bay film!
ubidoob- January 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Assuming no UFC curse strikes Big Nog/Cain in February and Mir/Carwin in March, these are the most likely options that I see:

1.) Lesnar comes back in July, fights the winner of Mir/Carwin and fights the winner of Big Nog/Cain before the end of the year or maybe as the end of the year event.

Mir and Carwin are the only two who can give Lesnar a run for his belt which really means the July return fight would be sweet and the end of year heavyweight belt fight is a one sided beating. Cain isn't big enough and Big Nog isn't strong enough, nor is his head durable enough. Big Nog's only hope- a submission. Steve Mazzagati + Cecil Peoples = Cain's only chance.

2.) Lesnar doesn't come back until the end of the year. Mir/Carwin winner fights Big Nog/Cain winner sometime during the summer and Lesnar fights interim belt holder for end of year event.

The winner of Mir/Carwin will beat the winner of Big Nog/Cain but their fight will still be pretty sweet. Then, the end of the year fight between Lesnar and Mir or Carwin will also be pretty sweet and hopefully the End of 2010 Headliner Event.

3.) Lesnar doesn't come back at all. Mir/Carwin winner fights Big Nog/Cain winner sometime during the summer and Junior Dos Santos* gets his shot at the belt before the end of 2010.

Mir would be susceptible to getting TKO'ed by Junior but I don't think Carwin would be. Either way, Junior* would probably lose and his first fight in 2010 would be against Cain/Big Nog, whoever was on their way back up in the division.

Although option 2 and 3 certainly means that Big Nog, Cain, Carwin or Mir would fight three times in 2010 and option 1 has that potential too- I still don't think it's too far fetched.

*Replace name with whoever you think is next in line for a title shot but just outside the Fab Four. Rothwell? Big Country? Duffee? Gonzaga? Skyscraper? Your Sister?

The Great and Powerful Oz has spoken...

Hulk Smash- January 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm
if all goes well gsp is going to smash through hardy, as expected. dude's gonna bring his a-game in order to retain his belt a while longer, i think. the taste of losing that belt to serra is still in his mouth, so i'm not too worried that he's going to lose. especially since he took it to alves, a guy who's really a middleweight hanging around in the WW division.
mir and carwin - could go either way. i'm excited to see it, although i think ol' shane got gypped by not getting a chance to go for the actual title against lesnar, which is what most people truly wanted to see.
either way, i agree that if lesnar's out for long enough to be stripped of the belt, then the right thing to do is have all the top HWs eliminate each other over the course of a coupla events, then unify the belts and flush the idea of interim anything down the toilet.
interim, schminterim, i says.
Mikey- January 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm
I've been waiting for Mir v Carwin for a long time. I wasn't very happy with Frank having to waste a training camp on Cheick Kongo- I don't think anybody needed to see that fight to know what was going to happen. Carwin has KO power and a Gracie brown belt; real competition.

Hardy is going to get wrecked. R1.
D Boy Fresh- January 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm
Is anyone else semi-interested, after thinking back to the Matt Serra fluke, that we could possibly see a change in the welterweight division? If Hardy catches St. Pierre with a clean one, I think that Hardy has a much bigger chance to finish then I would of ever thought capable of Serra.
Stevenamck65- January 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm
No matter what happens in the Mir/Carwin fight Brock will still rape choking and pummeling the winner (when) hes back.

GSP - Hardy fight looking good, Hardy has a pretty good chin and power in those hands.
Merlin- January 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm
Yeeee hawww!

Keeping my fingers crossed for GSP's groin.