UFC moves Lesnar-Mir to UFC 100
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After initially insisting that the fight would go on as scheduled, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has decided to move the heavyweight title unification match between champion Brock Lesnar and interim champ Frank Mir from UFC 98 on May 23 in Las Vegas to UFC 100 on July 11, also in Las Vegas.
The decision was made by UFC to flip-flop the scheduled main events of the two shows. The next Rashad Evans light heavyweight championship match, originally slated for UFC 100, will instead headline the May 23 card.
Evans’ opponent will be either former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jasckon or undefeated Lyoto Machida.
Jackson, after defeating Keith Jardine in the main event of Saturday night’s UFC 96 card, earned a shot at the title. However, Jackson has fought twice in two and a half months and has to decide if he is able to handle taking the fight in May. If not, Machida has agreed to take Jackson’s place on May 23 and Jackson will fight for the title at a later date.
Mir underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this week and had asked for the fight to be moved back. He had said he wouldn’t be able to spar or grapple for four to six more weeks, leaving him without enough time for a full camp to get ready in preparation for the originally scheduled date.