- LESNAR PUTS THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION ON NOTICE

January 20, 2010
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by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It’s official. Brock Lesnar is coming back to defend his UFC heavyweight title.

The talk now automatically turns to who he will face for his comeback fight this summer.

UFC president Dana White already stated that the winner of the upcoming bout between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin would be the first choice, assuming the victor is healthy. If that can’t happen then the winner from the fight between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez will get the call to pinch hit.

There hasn’t been a definite time table set for Lesnar’s return, but White said it was “a possibility” that the champion could be back by the upcoming May 29 card in Las Vegas coinciding with the second ever UFC Fan Expo.

As for Lesnar, he’s just happy to be training again and believes that the heavyweight division has officially been put on notice.

“I’ll just sit back. I’ll sharpen my skills. I’ll be prepared for either one of those guys (Carwin or Mir), or if it’s Nogueira or if it’s Velasquez,” Lesnar said on Wednesday. “I know one thing… all them guys are (expletive) their pants right now.”

One fighter who has made no bones about his desire to get in the cage with Lesnar again is the person who holds the only victory over the former NCAA wrestling champion. Frank Mir, who recently defeated Cheick Kongo, has stated on several occasions that he wants a rubber match with Lesnar, and he hopes to earn that in March when he faces Carwin for the interim heavyweight belt.

Lesnar is happy to face Mir for a third time, knowing that the Las Vegas fighter is looking for the rematch.

“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he’d be okay facing Mir again. “You know what, I don’t think I beat him as bad as I could. So for me to get my hands on that stalker again, Frank Mir’s made it a mission of his life. Frank Mir’s a stalker. It’s been a while since I’ve had a stalker, but we’ll take care of that if we ever face him again.

“I’d be delighted to fight Frank again.”

One thing is now for sure. Brock Lesnar is back and he will soon get to defend his UFC heavyweight championship title.

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