Lesnar <> Mir
Brock Lesnar may be two fights away from strangling the heavyweight division Georges St-Pierre style.
Let's say, for argument's sake, that Lesnar gets past Cain Velasquez in the fall. He'll get the winner of Junior Dos Santos and Roy Nelson. While either could come out of that the winner, I feel comfortable saying Lesnar will be a significant favorite against either guy. So, he beats Dos Santos or Nelson.
Do they make the winner of "Minotauro" Nogueira and Frank MIr sit out? Does Nogueira or the Mir rubber match do nothing for you too?
And hell, suppose Roy Nelson beats Junior Dos Santos. That's going to be a tough sell for Dana White.
I guess what I'm getting at is that Zuffa might have to pony up for one or two of those Strikeforce guys.
A look at upcoming heavyweight matchups after the break.
Roy Nelson vs. Junior Dos Santos @ UFC 117 - Imagine a world where Roy Nelson submits Junior Dos Santos and has to be put on a poster opposite Brock Lesnar or Cain Velasquez. I can hear boxing promoters and old mainstream media curmudgeons already. "Look at what passes for a heavyweight in this MMA thing." Whatever. Roy Nelson is no joke, and the UFC better be prepared to promote him in a heavyweight title fight.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir @ UFC 119 - Hopefully "Minotauro" can avoid Matt Hamill over the next few months. Mir, on the other hand, may want to avoid himself. After bulking up to the heavyweight limit for Cheick Kongo and Shane Carwin, Mir talked about going back to his "natural" weight. Then, he considered a drop to 205. Now he's talking about training hard again so he can kill Brock Lesnar. Right. I don't think they can give the winner a title shot, but the division's so shallow, who knows.
Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez @ UFC ??? - This was rumored for UFC 119, but Lesnar's side wanted it later. I can't say I blame them. That's an awfully quick turnaround after a grueling fight. While I understand why they need to hold off Velasquez (and Cain's camp may have preferred it as well), I would really have liked to see Velasquez and Dos Santos square off. It would have solidified the number one contender, kept Cain (because I think he wins that fight a lot of the time) Cain fresh in people's minds, and given Velasquez some more ring time. The kid only has eight pro fights and by the time this one goes down, it'll be eight or nine months since he last fought.
That's it for relevant, confirmed heavyweight fights.