Now that his bout against Brock Lesnar has been scrapped – at least for the near future – UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin says he would like to fight former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir next, who is coming off an impressive 72 second victory over Cheick Kongo this past weekend at UFC 107.
“Mir is a multiple-time champion who has been counted out more [than] Mike Tyson to only find himself right back at the top,” Carwin wrote on his website, shane-carwin.com. “He is a legend of the sport, and I would be honored to fight him.”
But for now, the Colorado native is taking a break from the sport to prepare for the birth of his first child and to heal from injuries he has sustained during training. Upon his return to the UFC, he says he is ready to take on whoever he is matched with.
“I am waiting to see what they have planned for the division and where I fit into the overall plans,” he stated. “I am getting better everyday, training hard, and I know my time will come.”
Carwin is also waiting to find out if UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will be returning to the octagon following an illness which has sidelined the champion for the past few months. UFC President Dana White stated at the UFC 107 post-fight conference that he will find out the extent of Lesnar’s health ailments in about a month.
“If he needs that major surgery there’ll be an interim title,” White stated.
If an interim title is created, Carwin would most likely be in the mix. Stay tuned to FightLine.com for further updates on the UFC heavyweight title situation.