While there is little information available at this time, fiveouncesofpain.com is reporting that, according to “multiple sources”, Frank Mir will not be competing at UFC 98 in his scheduled heavyweight unification title match against Brock Lesnar.
The report states that Mir has been dealing with a back injury which has stalled his training, and now may require surgery — never a good sign. However sources for MMAWeekly are reporting that it is a knee injury for which Mir recently underwent surgery, putting him out for approximately four to six weeks, and that the UFC has had no comment on these developments.
Although there has yet to be any word on a potential replacement opponent for Lesnar, I would imagine that the UFC would prefer to keep Brock on the card, otherwise losisng some serious drawing power.
Without Mir vs. Lesnar, the UFC 98 line-up looks like this:
- Matt Hughes vs. Matt Serra
- Frank Edgar vs. Sean Sherk
- Kyle Bradley vs. Phillipe Nover
- James Irvin vs. Drew McFedries
- Brandon Wolff vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
- Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Wilson
- Houston Alexander vs. Andre Gusmao
- Pat Barry vs. Tim Hague
- David Kaplan vs. George Roop
Update from Justin on March 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm ET
While there may be some validity to these claims, it is hard to be certain with Mir, as he told MMAJunkie after UFC 92:
One thing I’ve learned not to do is – I don’t really give any validity to my injuries. Some of my injuries are fake. I’ve faked a few injuries in the past but not to pull out of fights or anything. It’s just there a lot of rumors out there, and when I hear them, I help people out. … ‘Go tell people and put it on the Internet.’ That way when a real, legitimate injury goes through, people question whether I’m really hurt or not.”
Update from Justin on March 6, 2009 at 9:55 pm ET
In response to these rumors Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports spoke to Dana White after the weigh-ins for UFC 96, which took place today in Columbus, Ohio. Dana White had this to say about the issue:
I don’t know anything about it, so I honestly couldn’t tell you anything about it. I’m not too worried about it now. If that were the situation, I’d know about it. I honestly don’t know right now. I haven’t talked to Frank and I haven’t talked to Lesnar and if that’s the situation, I’m not going to make any statements until I talk to everybody.
When asked if he thought moving the bout to UFC 100 was a possibility White said he didn’t have enough information on the situation to comment.
At this point, things are still uncertain as to where this issue stands.
Update from Kris Karkoski on March 7, 2009 at 1:30pm ET
MMAFrenzy.com learned on Friday that Mir is expected to need 4-6 weeks to recover from the surgery before he can resume regular training. Additionally, the UFC is rumored to be considering having UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans defend his title against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson or Lyoto Machida in the UFC 98 main event.
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