by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Following a whirlwind 24 hours of change, misinformation, and misdirection, the fog surrounding Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar’s UFC heavyweight unification bout – originally scheduled for UFC 98 on May 23 – has cleared.
After various statements that he was in contrasting others that he was out, Mir appeared on the UFC 96 pay-per-view broadcast to clear the air.
Mir confirmed the knee injury first reported by MMAWeekly.com, saying, “My knee finally just went. It’s an injury I’ve always just sucked up and went with. A week ago they scoped my knee and took out… bone fragments and some scar tissue.”
And with that, Mir versus Lesnar will now be pushed back to July 11 at UFC 100 in Las Vegas.
It’s not a move the Mir wanted to make, but he didn’t want any doubts cast on him when he faces Lesnar to unify the heavyweight championship. “I don’t want to go out there and have any excuses.”
With Mir versus Lesnar moved to UFC 100, Rashad Evans announced that he will step into the UFC 98 main event against one of two possible opponents, depending upon how Saturday night’s UFC 96 main event ends for Quinton Jackson and Keith Jardine.
If Jackson wins, Evans will face him in the UFC 98 main event. If Jardine wins, then No. 2 ranked light heavyweight Lyoto Machida will step in and face Evans, since Jardine is the champ’s teammate and training partner.