As Frank Mir and Shane Carwin prepare to do battle for the interim heavyweight championship at UFC 111 on Saturday, the man who currently holds the title decided to provide his thoughts on the highly-anticipated matchup.
"I'm excited for Saturday night to see these two big heavyweights battle it out for the interim championship, and the winner of those two guys, I'm looking forward to be fighting in mid-summer," UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar told ESPN on Friday.
Lesnar knows both fighters very well. He was training to fight Carwin for the heavyweight belt at UFC 106 this past November, but was forced to postpone the bout due to the illness.
As for Mir, he is still the only person who has defeated Lesnar during his brief but eventful MMA career. Lesnar went on to capture the title and then avenged his loss with a dominant second-round technical knock out over Mir at UFC 100.
Leading up to UFC 111, Mir has stated that Carwin is a better version of Lesnar, something the champion was quick to comment on.
"If Shane Carwin is a better version of Brock Lesnar, then the fights over within the first 30 seconds," remarked Lesnar.
"Frank has a history of putting his foot in his mouth. Let's just see what happens Saturday night. I'm anxious to fight either one of those opponents."
Lesnar who has been sidelined since last July due to a digestive disease, will step back into the octagon on July 3 in Las Vegas at the yet-to-be-announced UFC 116.
It was during his absence, when a timetable for his return was unknown, that the UFC scheduled the interim title bout between Mir and Carwin.
"That was a business decision that the UFC had to make," admitted Lesnar. "Really that belt is a make-believe belt. It was to satisfy the company and to satisfy the people in the heavyweight division. I'm still the heavyweight champion.
"I'm looking for a heavyweight showdown Saturday night and the best thing about it is I can sit back and watch and let these guys fight over who wants to come after Brock Lesnar, the UFC heavyweight champion."
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