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It’s On: Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin Tapped for Interim Title Fight in March

("Why does this happen every time I drink tequila?")

With Brock Lesnar‘s return date still uncertain, it looks like the UFC will dust off their interim heavyweight title for one more ride. Multiple sources report that a fight between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin is in the works for UFC 111 (March 27th, Newark), with the winner earning the UFC’s interim belt. Both fighters have been very open to the bout; Carwin recently wrote on his blog that Mir "is a LEGEND of the sport and I would be honored to fight him," while Mir described a potential fight against Carwin as a "phenomenal matchup," and Carwin as "a better version" of Brock Lesnar. Well Merry Christmas, boys, because you got your wish.

Though Mir was already mentally preparing for a future clash with a heavy-handed powerhouse wrestler, Carwin must now start game-planning for a submission expert with rapidly-improving boxing skills. Carwin also has ring-rust working against him. An entire year will have passed since his last appaearance against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 96; Mir has fought twice in that period, and his confidence-boosting choke-out of Cheick Kongo at UFC 107 will be fresh in his mind. Is the Engineer of Pain fighting an uphill battle here, or will Mir just be a speed-bump on Carwin’s path to the title?

UFC 111 is scheduled to be headlined by the welterweight title fight between Georges St. Pierre and Dan Hardy, and will also feature the return of Thiago Alves.

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UFC fan- December 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm
There wont be some stupid ass round robin of heavyweights, this isn't a baseball game, its UFC.
carwin will beat Mir with ease, and roll right back into the " only heavyweight deserving a title shot" role once again.

as a sidenote, how funny, some dumbass has decided to be 831-father, and it pisses 831 son off....gotta love it!, ha.
Harry Sack- December 17, 2009 at 10:40 am
Wait a minute - Cain took Kongo's best shots and still ground and pounded him to hamburger. He beat him up - after he took his best shots. Then the UFC brought in Rothwell who they thought was a better product than Kongo and Cain destroyed him. Cain gets dicked out of opportunities REGULARLY.
Mir wisely wanted no part of Kongo's striking and correctly executed his game plan.
Every one is infatuated with Carwin's size but really he isnt NEARLY as athletic as Lesnar - Mir will expose this, Cain would have exposed this and Gonzaga clearly exposed this right before he went to sleep (just because you win a fight doesnt mean some weakness of your game doesnt get exposed).
And lets not forget that after all this - Lesnar needs at least two tune-up fights before he gets back up to speed. Diverticulitis aint no joke.
Mir can be obsessed all he wants - he would have his hands full in a second Nog fight.
Although I have to admit I'd love to see him KTFO of Lesnar upon his successfull return to health.
steampunk22- December 16, 2009 at 9:33 pm
You are describing what all ready exists.

It isnt a Grand Prix type format unless the fights come back to back, same night, or within maybe two days or a weekend or something.

You are essentially saying; The UFC should be organized in such a way that the top fighters in the heavyweight division pair off and fight one on one, and the winners of two of these fights, they can fight EACH OTHER, like, three months later. And then, get this, another set of these fights will happen, and then THOSE two winners can fight, see? And then the top two, they can fight each other, and the winner gets the belt! Amazing! I can't believe the UFC never thought of this.

Wait, every promotion has thought of this, forever.

You realize that is basically what happens normally right?

You also realize that a proper grand prix a la Pride or Dream is never going to happen in the UFC, this kind of tournament is not necessary within the UFC as things basically work out well enough anyways and it means REVERTING to a style of organization that the UFC has been trying to move away from for the last ten years. A completely unrealistic suggestion that is not well thought out in the least.

Back to Japan you sandal wearing goldfish-tender!

No offense.
PapiTroy- December 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm
Fuck, Dana should just go to a grand prix type format, build some interest and some suspense into that weight class. Dos Santos, Mir, Gonzaga, Valasquez, Noguiera, Nelson, Carwin and Duffee....Have an 8 man tournament pan out over 9 months, three months in between events. THEN you can crown an interim champ at the end of the tourney just in time for Brock to be back and make his way back up. Shit, Im all for every other year have a grand pix style format in every weight class. Then an occasional loss wouldnt be so detrimental to these fighters
mt59801- December 16, 2009 at 8:06 pm
Nobody is getting shafted, this is the best match in a long time. I like both of them but I'd have to give Mir the advantage in this one. For everyone who says Mir gets special treatment I call bullshit, Slice gets special treatment, Lesnar got special treatment. Remember Mir lost his original title to a car....that's right a fucking automobile and if you remember there was no interim title lets wait for Frank to get better bullshit after about a year he was stripped of the title so in my opinion he deserves a few more chances.
steampunk22- December 16, 2009 at 5:13 pm
^^^Too lazy to for proper ideas.

Cain didn't "smoke" Kongo. Kongo dropped him 3 times, and Cain grinded out a decision after he couldnt finish Kongo. Let me repeat that. He couldn't finish KONGO.

Mir choked out Kongo in a little over a minute. That, my friend, is NOT the same thing. Mir rightfully gets a shot before Cain.

Plus the UFC wants Cain and Nog to fight.

Fuck eh? So hard done by, some people.

Occasionally the UFC actually knows what they are doing, you realize?

BigBear145- December 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm
too lazy for proper English.
steampunk22- December 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Maybe he is back in "school mode".

BigBear145- December 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Wow Cain Shafted again... first they dont let the true tied #1 contenders Cain and Carin fight... Cain smokes Kango... mir smokes kango months later.... and mir gets another shot... i love the UFC but this is a joke.
ghostboner- December 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm
TylerDyrden you are suspiciously quiet on this one...
BobLoblaw- December 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm
interesting point of view. i wanna see mir vs carwin for the following reason: i really wanted to see carwin vs lesnar, since they're both manufactured from the same prototype. that match would show me if either one deserves the hype that he carries. now, mir vs. carwin = the next best thing to mir vs. lesnar, since we've all seen that drama twice already.
now, if mir defeats carwin, then he might very well be the big threat to lesnar that he's been working to be.
Robocop Didnt Tap- December 16, 2009 at 2:54 pm
@ Mex

It'll be something like this.

Mir: I can beat Carwin several ways. He'll never be the same after fighting me. Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, LESNAR!!!

Carwin: Using an advanced parallel triangulation algorithm, I've determined that Frank only has a 15% chance of subverting my takedown defense. Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, Lesnar, LESNAR!!!

Dana White: fuck fuck fuck fuck pussy fuck shit screw Strikeforce Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell III
Mex- December 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm
I can't wait to see the hype promos these two cut. It will literally be the most self-righteous, arrogant bullshit ever caught on film.
meanfinger- December 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm
interm champ or #1 contender.. pretty much the same thing.. but which title would u rather have?

yeah, thats pretty awesome u have groupies on an mma site 831.
831 Son- December 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm
@ 831 Father- Change your name you fucking dumb ass troll.

Interim belts do not make any sense whatsoever. Im down to see Carwin and Mir fight but for an interim belt is just retarded. Interim belts do not hold any significance and DO NOT define the holder as a champ. I dont see why they just cant fight to see whos next for Brock. Interim Belts are just like UFC fan and this idiot 831 Father (member for 4 hours...) : Worthless.
boxofpickles- December 16, 2009 at 11:47 am
@ Clinch-Smash

macreadysshack- December 16, 2009 at 11:08 am
@ Harry Sack

Fucking spit out coffee at #8.
Bootylam- December 16, 2009 at 11:05 am
Don't forget that Mir DID rock Brock at the beginning of round 2 in the 2nd fight. Mir's hands are improving at a rapid pace and I think Carwin's in for it. I heard Mir say he rocked Brock (radio interview) and yelled "BULLSHIT!" then went home and watched again. Mir got hands, he should have stayed on his feet instead of going for a bullshit knee. Mir won't do that against Carwin, and Carwin will lose. Too bad.
Harry Sack- December 16, 2009 at 11:00 am
ten things we all learned from this post
1. Talk mad shit to your desired next opponent via twitter or the web and it weighs far more heavily than your win / loss record in determining whom you fight next.
2. In that same vein: Dana White/Joe Silva loves dem some shit talk, Mir knows this and consistently uses it to his advantage
3. Carwin is about to get exposed and we will still really learn nothing about Mir or his readiness for a Lesnar rubber match
4. Velasquez has been, is, and will continue to be, getting shit on by DW and Joe Silva - they are keeping him in their back pocket for later and are pretty much dare-ing a MF to say something about it.
5. A Tournament would instantly smash any credibility that Strikeforce could claim to have in its heavyweight division (I mean they have Fedor, and ...?). Clearly exposing all of its HWs to their fanbase and settling their 'top dog' all at the same time would destroy any other organizations claims of offering a comparable product because nobody else can battle test their stable of HWs like that.
6. It's too brilliant an idea (tourney) for UFC to capitalize on because their cards have been getting watered down (108 excluded - I'm not counting disease and injury) and they need the probability of a heavyweight KO on future cards to keep things from getting too dicey.
7. Dufee is the true darkhorse here because he is the unknown - a few more early KO's (Nelson, Kongo, Struve, Buenetello, who cares) and he will be an even more intriguing darkhorse.
8. Your mom likes it in the backdoor
9. Nog is a legend and - no longer a title threat, period. Gatekeeper status for real.
10. Kimbo vs. Toney and Bob Sapp at the same time is looking more and more attractive every day.
exes.for.iballs- December 16, 2009 at 10:48 am
Exciting news. I got mir in this one. He can end carwin anywhere.

But big nog will always be champ in my heart.
macreadysshack- December 16, 2009 at 10:37 am

Got it. Still learning who is who around here.

I LOL'd at your @whitey. You guys need to Thunderdome for rights to the Thunderdome.
ReX13- December 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

Sorry forgot to include the /sarcasm tag after the "fedor is afraid" remark. i completely agree with you that Fedor is unafraid to fight or lose, and genuinely enjoys the competition. Why else go back to the Sambo tournaments in Russia every year if not for the competition?


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Get Off Me- December 16, 2009 at 10:21 am
Alright, enough with Carwin already.......He has beat only one heavyweight(barely top five in the class) that is still in the UFC! He beat guys like Sherman Pendergast, who coincidentally recently lost to Houston Alexander outside of the UFC.
Carwin is not even at Brett Rogers level in my books, but this is what happens when promotions try to build stars in a weak division like the UFC had with the heavyweights in the past year. I don't hate Carwin, but I just don't see the guy being there with Mir in this fight, he will not catch Mir on the feet, nor will he submit Mir.....might see a carbon copy of Kongo v. Mir in this one, Carwin leaves his chin exposed(his whole "my skull is thicker than an average human") won't mean much when he gets startled again and has a guy(Mir not Gonzaga) who knows what to do afterwards.

Merlin- December 16, 2009 at 10:12 am
Two words for Brock.
BACK - FAT !!!
macreadysshack- December 16, 2009 at 10:05 am
@Whitey: Holy crap, man, I hope that actually happens. Tomato can or not, Congo will demolish Kimbo. One Kongo leg kick = 10 H. Alexander LKs. I don't think they'll do it because Kimbo's tricky knee won't hold up.

What IS next for Kimbo? They need a big name that's not very good. Patrick Smith could do it. Vladmir Matushenko is good but getting long in the tooth. He has SOME name recognition. Hardonk would've been a good choice because he's been around recently. Actually, Bonnar might like this fight. Street dawg VS American Psycho could sell to amnesiacs and retards and I know the UFC likes to cater to that demographic.