by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
It appears the wait for a heavyweight title fight for Shane Carwin has finally been set, except it will be for an interim title, as current champion Brock Lesnar remains on the mend. Carwin will now likely face Frank Mir in an interim heavyweight title match at UFC 111 on March 27 in Newark, N.J.
The rumored bout has started to take shape sources close to the negotiations disclosed to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday night. Possibility of the bout was first reported by AOL Fanhouse.
The likelihood of this fight came about most likely in two parts following the UFC 107 weekend that just past. First, UFC president Dana White said the company was looking to make a decision in the next 6 to 8 weeks about the future of the title with Lesnar still sidelined.
The second part was Mir’s first round destruction of Cheick Kongo at UFC 107, putting the former champion squarely in the sights of another run at the title belt.
It looks like all the pieces of the puzzle have fallen together and Carwin vs. Mir is now a reality.
Speaking with MMAWeekly.com after his fight at UFC 107, Mir commented that he would be excited about a match-up against Carwin for an interim belt.
“I couldn’t argue against that,” said Mir. “Carwin is a phenomenal match-up, and I think if I can’t fight Brock again to show that I’ve made improvements against that style, I think Shane Carwin is a more than an ample substitution. If anything, I think he’s a better version.”
The bout would co-headline the UFC 111 card in Newark, along with the welterweight title bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and top contender Dan Hardy. The east coast fans have been rallying for a big card for some time now and it looks like with two title fights on board, there’s a monster card headed for the Jersey shores.