Long been mulling about in the rumor mill, the UFC made it officially official Monday. At UFC 111 in New Jersey's Prudential Center on March 27, 2009, you'll see a championship doubleheader:
1) Georges St-Pierre defend his UFC welterweight title against UK hot shot Dan Hardy.
2) Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin for the interim heavyweight title.
That, dear readers, is a powerful 1-2 combo of main events, don't you think?
GSP is, well, GSP, but Hardy is a rising star with a brash personality and a brasher mohawk. Let's hope he keeps up his trash talking. Will it be justified? Who knows, but it will be entertaining.
As for the Mir-Carwin matchup, Carwin finally gets his title shot, albeit an interim belt. You'll remember that he was supposed to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 for the belt before Lesnar went down with a career-threatening illness. (Lesnar is supposed to be visiting a doctor this week for a more definite prognosis.)
Mir gets the rare opportunity to be a three-time UFC heavyweight champion . . . and the even rarer opportunity to be a two-time UFC interim heavyweight champion. Carwin has been sidelined for a while with injuries but when he's healthy, he throws bombs. Mir is fresh off his 72-second destruction of Cheick Kongo.
The real battle here is who will talk the better game, Hardy or Mir?