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Mir vs. Lesnar II official for UFC 98 on May 23

The Ultimate Fight Championship officially announced Monday evening that the anticipated rematch between current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and current interim UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir will take place at UFC 98 on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The winner of the rematch will be recognized as the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion.

“Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir put on one of the most intense one round fights I’ve ever seen at UFC 81,” UFC President Dana White is quoted as saying in a press release. “But when it was over, both guys saw things very differently. Lesnar blamed his loss on inexperience and being too aggressive, while Mir saw his win as a triumph of his technique, something he says will happen every time they fight. On May 23rd, each fighter has his chance to prove his point, and while a lot has happened for these two since that first fight, I know the rematch is going to be just as intense as the first one, especially considering that the winner walks away as the UFC heavyweight champion.”

Tickets for the event will go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. PT and will be priced at $800, $600, $400, $250, $125 and $75.

Lesnar and Mir’s first meeting at UFC 81 ended at 1:30 of round 1 after the former NCAA heavyweight champion was caught in a kneebar by Mir. Competing in just his second pro fight, Lesnar was forced to tap despite the fact that he had knocked Mir down and was reigning down punches on him just prior to getting trapped in the submission hold.

At UFC 98, a slightly more experienced Lesnar will have revenge on his mind.

“I’m delighted to have a rematch against Frank Mir,” said Lesnar. “I can’t wait to get my revenge and finish this fight on the ground the way it should have been finished last time.”

Meanwhile, Mir is promising more of the same in regards to their encore performance.

“Brock Lesnar has been calling for a rematch with me ever since I beat him the first time,” Mir is quoted. “All I can say to Brock is be careful what you wish for because I’m a better, smarter, stronger, and faster fighter than I was the last time. He won’t be able to push me around like he’s done smaller opponents, and I’m looking forward to becoming undisputed champion again.”

  • Jak says:

    How can anybody not be excited for this fight… so much potential and build up. it’s going to be awesome!

  • KTru says:

    “I’m delighted to have a rematch against Frank Muuuur,” said Lesnar. “I can’t wait to get my revenge and finish this fight on the ground the way it should have been finished last time.”


  • c says:

    I just hope Lesnar doesn’t kill anybody before being kicked out of the fight game. He has no regard for other peoples safety. I worry about Mir and hope he brings his A game.

  • Orwell says:

    Both fighters are going to be better on the night than in their previous match and have good reason to feel confident. Each are coming off decisive wins over MMA legends. I still think Lesnar should have had do to more to get to a title shot but, meh, a good fight is a good fight.

  • s00nertp says:

    Fedor by arm bar in round 1

  • GetItOn says:

    Fedor’s not fighting. Wow, this is a great matchup once again. I was at UFC 81 and wow was I happy when Mir pulled off the win after all the heat he had coming down on him from Lesnar. I really hope Mir pulls it off again but wow it’s going to be even rougher this time. All I can say is good luck to bother because this is really a tough one to call. Can’t wait to see the odds.

  • Cathedron says:

    I’m really looking forward to this. Both fighters have improved dramatically in the last year. I’m actually expecting most of this fight to take place on the feet. Lesnar should have the advantage in every way except that he can’t afford to make a single mistake without Mir catching him in a sub. Damn, this will good. I agree with Getiton, I’m extremely curious about the odds as well.

  • mu_shin says:

    Really interesting evolution that has taken place in terms of people’s perceptions of these two fighters. So many hardcore fans gave Mir no chance in the first fight with Lesnar. Many many blog posters gave Lesnar really long odds against Randy Couture, and believed Lesnar did not deserve to fight the embattled aging champion.

    Then the Mir/Nogueira matchup happens, and again, blog posts were at least 20-1 saying Mir had no chance against Big Nog. Mir’s victory was touted as one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history, setting up this contest for the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship.

    After Brock’s destruction of Heath Herring, and knockout victory over Randy Couture, I think he’s demonstrated his worthiness. He may still be new to the sport, but his innate gifts and punishing work ethic have proven big strides can be made in a short period of time. Mir’s standup knockout of Nogueira puts him squarely among the best, especially considering most people think of him as a submission ground fighter. As a fan of both fighters, I hope this fight will live up to it’s potential for greatness, and provide a showcase for everything MMA has become, and can be.

    Can’t tell you how much I would love to see a MIr victory by submission, but I’m thinking Brock will make the price for victory much higher this time around.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Lesnar by first round stoppage, like the first fight should have been. Until Steve Mazagatti intervened that is. Man, that guy has one of the dirtiest mustaches in all of MMA. He looks like an out of work porn star. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to mess with a pissed off and motivated Brock Lesnar. He still has a lot to prove, but I think he can do it.

  • Angry Mike says:

    Mir has a better chance to beat Lesnar than any other heavyweight not including Fedor. Mir’s stand up against ‘Nog was very impressive, landing the uppercut at will and throwing great combinations. Lesnar’s big advantage is his power and quick takedowns, but Mir has proven he can win with his BJJ from the bottom. On the other hand, because of Lesnar’s power, I don’t think Mir can stay on his back too long without being pounded out. And Lesnar’s so big and fast that I’m not sure Mir could get back to his feet after he’s been taken down, which he will. It’s an even money bet imo, but I don’t think we’ll see a third round.

  • RU486 says:

    I like Mir in this fight. Brock is going to be a little bit apprehensive after his total domination and then sudden defeat at the hands of Frank Mir.

    Notable attributes:

    – Mir has gained weight since the last fight. He was always a big fighter, but Brock won’t have nearly as big of a size advantage in this fight.

    – Mir is confident after finishing Nog. CroCop couldn’t do it, Fedor couldn’t do it (three times), but Mir did it in devastating fashion.

    -Brock wants to take the fight to the ground? Big mistake. No heavyweight has jitz like Mir off his back. Nog has phenomenal jitz, but not off his back like Mir. Frank is absolutely comfortable off his back. Even with the barrage of cinder blocks coming down on his head (as in UFC 81).

    -If the fight goes into the latter rounds, we don’t know what to expect from either fighter. I’m not questioning Brock’s conditioning here, I’m questioning his affinity for going full throttle from the get-go. How long can his huge body handle the assertion after a 25 lb+ weight cut. Mir’s conditioning has often been questioned. However, I don’t foresee him coming into this fight out of shape. He knows what’s in front of him and what he must do.

    I could be wrong, but I see this fight ending much of the same as the last one except for maybe it will take 10 minutes instead of 1.

  • RU486 says:

    My only regret with this fight is that I can’t wait until it’s over so I can see Brock face-off with either Gonzaga or Carwin. Both of these fighters are close to Brock’s size, and have the ability to make a Lesnar fight one for the ages.


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