Despite the fact that it may be the most logical match up to make considering the fact that most top UFC heavyweights are either injured, committed to a fight or caught up in a contract bind, UFC President Dana White recently told Yahoo! Sports that a rubber match between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir has been pulled off of the table in the face of a largely negative fan response to the bout.
“I’ve never gotten such a negative response to any fight,” White said.
The outspoken UFC figurehead often makes his feelings known on the internet MMA community and most of the MMA media–opining that they are both slightly out of touch and overreactive. He makes an exception for Twitter, which he believes is the best way to gauge fan sentiment.
“I usually don’t gauge things by the Internet,” said White. “The Internet is [expletive] stupid. My Twitter, I do. On my Twitter, there are 1.2 million people that care about this thing and everything else, and you don’t get the goofy [expletive] that you get on the Internet.”
Lesnar was defeated by Cain Velasquez in October to lose his title and Frank Mir is coming off of a stinker against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic that he eventually won by knockout. While Junior dos Santos and Velasquez prepare to do battle, heavyweight contenders Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson will sit on the sidelines due to a back injury and a contract dispute, respectively. That leaves Mir and Lesnar opponent-less with few other options on the table than each other–with possible regard to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (who is also rehabbing an injury which required surgery) and Brendan Schaub (who looked impressive in defeating Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 121).
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