by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com

Don’t get Frank Mir wrong –
he’d like nothing more than a rematch with Brock Lesnar. He wants to show the
fans, Lesnar, and most of all, himself, that the heavyweight champion’s size is
not an insurmountable obstacle.


But time moves fast inside the
Octagon, and faster still in the unofficial rankings of division competitors.


Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and
Cain Velasquez are on a collision course for February in a fight with future
title implications.


With Lesnar’s future in the
balance, Mir says he’s ready to look elsewhere in the meantime.


An interim fight with Shane
Carwin is a match-up that’s logical. 


Carwin, who was due to face
Lesnar next, needs to stay busy. Between him, "Big Nog," Velasquez,
and Mir, the makings of an interim title tournament are in place. 


“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


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