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Is Frank Mir next?

With the recent news that Brandon Vera will be taking on Fabricio Werdum in June, Frank Mir looks to be the man to benefit the most. Coming off a 90 second win against Brock Lesnar, Mir appears next in line to challenge for the UFC “interim” heavyweight championship.

Interestingly enough, not even Mir is sure that he has earned the title shot. When asked if the in over Lesnar by itself was enough to earn a title shot, Mir replied:

With the way the heavyweight division is – one more win (is needed). One more win against a guy that is near the top, and I’ll probably be there,” said Mir.

But based on the current status of the heavyweight division, there are no other current heavyweights in the UFC that can be marketed for a title shot. Unless Andrei Arlovski suddenly resigns with the UFC, all signs point to former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir going against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the championship sometime this summer.

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    On a slightly different note, say the UFC does sign Fedor and Randy comes back. You would think that they’d immediately make Fedor vs. Randy for the heavyweight title but what the hell does that say about the interim title.

    Nogueira is just going to be shunted to the side and the belt he gained will basically be declared worthless which is a bit harsh.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    it is a bit harsh, tho im sure nog would get a shot at the winner and the full title.
    still cant see the fedor/randy fight happening in the ufc tho

    any news on Arlovski as yet? i’d like to see Mir/Arlovski

  • Jay says:

    Dana wouldn’t care about Nog’s feelings if Fedor entered the UFC. It would be Randy vs. Fedor and the winner fights Nog….It’s simple.

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    It’s not about Nog’s feelings it’s about admitting that the belt Nog and Sylvia fought for was just BS and they would basically be admitting to dooping the audience.

    I could get over that just to see the Fedor/Couture fight but it’s still a feckin retarted situation.

  • woooburn says:

    i still see them putting mir up against either herring or sylvia before the title shot. no need to rush things, especially with the randy/fedor debachle still on going. if it’s sylvia, they can play that awful arm breaking clip another eight thousand times, in setting up a rematch. and if it’s herring… dare i say it… it might actually be an exciting fight. not sure i’d say the same about a match with sylvia, but he (big tim) does deserve another shot at #1 contendership.

    in a perfect world, we’d see fedor randy and aa, all fight in the octagon in the next year, but i think that’s a pipedream.

  • heynow says:

    I thought Werdum was the number one contender? I think a lot of things have to fall through before Mir is considered. Werdum, Herring, possibly AA.

  • hankd says:

    AA to Affliction… 😮

  • GoofyMonkey says:

    I think you see Fedor fight Nog first then if they bring Randy back he fights Fedor…Unless Nog wins… Then the whole thing is FUBAR’d.

  • AG Silver says:

    I recall Big Nog stating he wants to fight Randy (Handy… lol). I don’t think he would care about his interim title if he gets the chance to fight Couture. I’m even willing to bet he doesn’t care if he has to wait and fight the winner of Fedor v Couture (if it were to ever happen) so long as he gets the chance to validate his status as UFC heavyweight champ.

  • Kelvin says:

    Fuck Randy Couture…it’s all his fault.

  • Patrick says:

    I think what we’ll see happen “if” Fedor and Randy are both in the UFC is that:

    Fedor and Randy will be put up to fight asap.
    Nog will fight the winner of that fight.
    Mir will face Herring.
    Winner of Mir/Herring will fight either Nog after Nog fights winner of Fedor/Couture, or winner of Mir/Herring will fight winner of Fedor/Couture.

    Herring vs. Mir is to me at least, the most obvious choice as a “next step” for Mir and Herring.

    UFC HW division is so fubar’d because of this interim crap.

  • Patrick says:

    Actually, scratch something I said there: winner of Mir/Herring will fight winner of Vera/Werdum, from there the winner of that match will go up against either Nog, or winner of Randy/Fedor… probly.

    God damnit now I’m all confused.

  • platypus says:

    no…its everyones fault


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