The UFC officially announced today that UFC 81: Breaking Point will feature Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir. The press release stated the following:
On the night before the biggest football game of the year, Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization takes center stage with an immense night of hard-hitting heavyweight fight action.
At UFC 81, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will put former WWE Champion and world-renowned superstar Brock Lesnar to the ultimate test, as Lesnar makes his move from the squared circle into the Octagon to prove that he is for real. This will be a feature fight of the night at UFC 81: Breaking Point taking place live from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Feb. 2, 2008, on the eve of Super Bowl XLII.
Interesting way to put it…a feature fight, not the feature fight. With rumors that the card would feature Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira being officially squashed yesterday by Couture himself, it appeared likely that Nogueira would face Tim Silvia on the main event of the card. Many sources, including MMANews, claimed that the fight had already been agreed upon and signed by both fighters.
Given the UFC’s careful choice of words in regards to the recently dispatched press release, it is difficult to decipher their intentions for the cards main event. Sites like MMAMania.com have already declared that Lesnar vs. Mir will be the main event. As it stands it would appear that a fight agreement between Nogueira and Sylvia has yet to be reached.
The UFC may be “hedging their bet” with this press release in case they aren’t able to secure a more appealing main event. But would fans accept a card anchored by Lesnar vs. Mir? That would likely depend heavily on the rest of the card which is rumored to contain the following fights: Tyson Griffin (10-1) vs. Gleison Tibau (15-4), Terry Martin (16-3) vs. Marvin Eastman (14-7-1), Nate Marquardt (25-7-2) vs. Thales Leites (12-1), Alan Belcher (11-3) vs. Ricardo Almeida (8-2) and David Heath (7-2) vs. Tomasz Drwal (14-2).