The UFC has officially announced that newly signed heavyweight, Brock Lesnar will be fighting former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Frank Mir in his UFC debut. The two will square off in the octagon at UFC 81 which is scheduled to take place on February 2nd, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada during the Superbowl weekend.
Brock Lesnar, who currently holds a professional MMA record of 1-0-0 will look to make a statement and prove all doubters wrong at UFC 81. Over the past several weeks, many have questioned Dana White’s decision to sign the former WWE star. However, White has stated on several instances that he believes that Lesnar’s wrestling credentials, combined with his strength and athleticism will make him a serious force in the UFC’s heavyweight division. Dana had mentioned in his press conference two weeks ago that he intends on testing Lesnar’s potential immediately. Frank Mir, a seasoned MMA veteran with a professional record of 10-3-0 will definitely look to test whether or not Lesnar is ready for the major leagues. In White’s opinion, this is going to be a very appealing fight.
“It’s an interesting matchup,” said UFC President Dana White. “Lesnar is a great wrestler, a good athlete, and this is definitely gonna be a big test for him. Frank Mir is a former world champion who is coming off a big win over Antoni Hardonk, and he’s looking to get his career back on track while Lesnar’s looking to walk into the UFC and prove what type of fighter he’s gonna be by trying to knock him off.”