UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s return to the octagon remains uncertain, but in the meantime, an interim heavyweight title is being created. The UFC confirmed today that Shane Carwin will face Frank Mir for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010.
Both men had previously expressed interest in fighting each other, with Carwin recently writing on his personal website that Mir is “a legend of the sport and I would be honored to fight him.”
Mir is also enthusiastic to fight the Colorado native, stating that the bout between the two would be a “phenomenal matchup.”
The two men match up well. Carwin is an experienced wrestler with strong boxing skills. Mir has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is also well versed in muay thai, boxing and kenpo karate.
As for Lesnar, Dana White has said that they should know the status of the champion this week.
“I think Brock’s going to the doctor this week, and we’ll know how this thing is going to go – whether it’s over,” White told MMAJunkie.com. “It could be career-ending for him.”
The Mir – Carwin will likely be the headlining fight at UFC 111. The card also features UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returning to the octagon to defend his title against top contender Dan Hardy.