On Monday, the UFC officially announced that champion Brock Lesnar will be granted his rematch against interim champ Frank Mir at UFC 98, with the winner leaving the Octagon as the UFC’s undisputed heavyweight title holder. The May 23rd event will be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir put on one of the most intense one round fights I’ve ever seen at UFC 81,” UFC president Dana White stated in a press release. “But when it was over, both guys saw things very differently. Lesnar blamed his loss on inexperience and being too aggressive, while Mir saw his win as a triumph of his technique, something he says will happen every time they fight.
“On May 23rd, each fighter has his chance to prove his point, and while a lot has happened for these two since that first fight, I know the rematch is going to be just as intense as the first one, especially considering that the winner walks away as the UFC heavyweight champion.”
Nearly one year ago, Lesnar tapped via knee bar in the 1stRound of his Octagon debut against Mir at UFC 81. He followed that up with a dominating win over Heath Herring, then Randy Couture, and is now dubbed the division’s true “champion.”
“I’m delighted to have a rematch against Frank Mir,” said Lesnar. “I can’t wait to get my revenge and finish this fight on the ground the way it should have been finished last time.”
Although Mir knows that Lesnar has improved immensely as an all-around mixed martial artist, he is still light-years behind a fighter of his caliber.
“Brock Lesnar has been calling for a rematch with me ever since I beat him the first time,” Mir said. “All I can say to Brock is be careful what you wish for because I’m a better, smarter, stronger, and faster fighter than I was the last time. He won’t be able to push me around like he’s done smaller opponents, and I’m looking forward to becoming undisputed champion again.”
Tickets for the card will go on sale this Saturday at 10 AM EST/7 AM PST, with prices ranging from $75-$800.