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.”