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Is Mir vs Lesnar really the main event?

From the UFC press juggernaut:

On the night before the biggest football game of the year, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization takes center stage with an immense night of hard-hitting heavyweight fight action. At UFC 81, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will put former WWE Champion and world-renowned superstar Brock Lesnar to the ultimate test, as Lesnar makes his move from the squared circle into the Octagon to prove that he is for real.

Okay, obviously this fight is gonna draw some pretty significant numbers simply because it’s got a big time pro wrestler attached to it. And hey, I admit that I’m curious to see how the match turns out too. I couldn’t really care less who wins or loses, but the UFC’s got my attention.

But really … Dana White keeps saying “It’s a great time to be a UFC fan right now.” I don’t see how he can say that when the UFC continues to field tame main events. Assuming Dana White doesn’t strip Sean Sherk of the title, here’s what we’ve had and what we’ve got coming:

  • UFC76 No title fight
  • UFC77 Anderson Silva vs Rich Franklin (Middleweight Title)
  • UFC78 No title fight
  • UFC79 No title fight
  • UFC80 No title fight
  • UFC81 No title fight

I mean, come the fuck on. I really couldn’t give a shit about ‘interim belts’ … they’re about as meaningful as the toy you get in a happy meal (although to be fair, the toys in happy meals are pretty kick ass). Yeah, there are rumors that Tim Sylvia will battle Big Nog   for the vacant Heavyweight belt at UFC 81, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they moved Tim’s bout back to UFC 82 in Columbus so less people would boo him.

Anyways, you just have to look at that dry spell of title fights to know I am not a happy fanboy, no matter how many pro wrestlers with penis tattoos Dana White throws in the ring.

  • Lifer

    “but I wouldn’t be surprised if they moved Tim’s bout back to UFC 82 in Columbus so less people would boo him.”

    hardest i laughed all day. he doesnt even have that ‘we’re booing cuz you’re the villain’ vibe when he’s being jeered either. it’s painfully obvious that it’s just pure fan loathing and disgust.

  • steve24

    I could care less if Mir vs. Lesnar was on the undercard.

  • Jersey Tomato

    Somewhat surprised that the UFC has paired newcomer Lesnar with the veteran fighter Frank Mir in a main event. Sure, Frank is not the fighter he once was but he has considerable experience in the octagon and is a skilled ju jitsu practitioner. The UFC courted Lesnar because of his popularity within Pro Wrestling and frankly I would have expected them to protect their investment and ease Brock into the MMA fight game. The very fact that they are making this a main event shows how highly they perceive Lesnar’s worth. What a kick in the balls it would to Dana White and Co. if Mir were to submit Lesnar with an armbar early in the fight. It is not inconceivable.

    Perhaps Mir has agreed to take a payday a la Bo Cantrell but I doubt it.

  • JiuJitsu365

    I think they made a mistake by pairing Lesnar with Mir. Barring his strength, what does he have on Mir? The ground and pound is not going to work.

    I also watched the Kimbo/Cantrell fight a few times today on ProElite. Cantrell had a huge bruise about 1/4th the size of his face afterward. If you have watched any of Kimbo’s fights you know that those are some hard blows he throws. Cantrell probably never felt a shot like that before and panicked…..

    No shame son, get up!!!!

  • DanaDouche

    I’l make sure to watch this one for free…the next day.

  • Ted Dibiase

    tonite on WEC frank was commentating on the Tommy Speer vs Some Silvia fight and said “techinique will always beat pure strength/athletic ability” and then speer slammed silvia and G&P’d him for the TKO.

    foreshadowing rules.

  • Ason

    Anderson Silva has to fight in Ohio again?

    Don’t they owe him a show in Brasil

  • kermit.01

    Are you saying Tim will get booed less in Ohio? Because Tim was on the last two Ohio cards, both I attended and he got booed out of the house at both of them. I can’t imagine him being booed more in Vegas.