Shane Carwin plays spoiler, denies Frank Mir third meeting with Brock Lesnar
By Brett Okamoto
March 28, 2010
Shane Carwin nabs the interim heavyweight belt after his KO of Frank Mir in the first round, while Georges St. Pierre maintains his welterweight title.
He succeeded in only one.
Carwin (12-0) put on yet another dominant performance Saturday at the Prudential Center, posting his twelfth consecutive first-round win by knocking out Mir (13-5) at the 3:48 mark.
If it happens.
“That was the plan today with Frank,” said Carwin with a grin. “Go into the deeper rounds so you guys would stop asking me those questions.”
Carwin’s string of 12 first-round stoppages is impressive enough, but this last one over Mir is sure to be the one that grabs the world’s attention.
As UFC President Dana White pointed out, Mir was widely considered to be unstoppable heading into Saturday’s interim title fight.
The popular heavyweight had blown past Cheick Kongo with a first-round submission win in December and seemed to be on a collision course with rival Brock Lesnar for a third meeting this summer.
“When we first sat down he said, ‘This fight isn’t going to last two minutes,’” White said. “He was hoping Frank was going to win because he wanted to fight Frank again. When Shane won he was like, ‘Oh well. Guess I’m fighting Shane.’”
While it seems that mixed martial arts fans were ready to see the grudge match between Lesnar and Mir, there will be no lack of story lines leading up to that fight — which will likely occur early July in Las Vegas.
After all, it was Carwin who was supposed to take on Lesnar in November in the main event of UFC 106 before the champ went down with an intestinal ailment that threatened his fighting career.
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