"I couldn’t argue against that," said Mir. "Carwin is a phenomenal match-up, and I think if I can’t fight Brock again to show that I’ve made improvements against that style, I think Shane Carwin is a more than an ample substitution. If anything, I think he’s a better version."
I think this is a fight that should happen regardless of if Brock Lesnar is able to fight this summer. Carwin/Mir makes sense on a lot of fronts. Check it:
-Shane Carwin hasn't fought since his UFC 96 win over Gabriel Gonzaga. No matter who Carwin fights, he'll have been away from the cage for over a year. He turns 35 in a couple of weeks, and he needs to fight instead of waiting on Lesnar. Who may or may not fight again(I suspect he will).
-Mir has re-invented himself in his last 3-4 fights and arguably one of the best hype men in the business. A Mir/Carwin fight would serve as a legitimate co-main event or main event fight(if they make it an interim title fight).
-Mir/Carwin would help solidify both fighters. Many think Lesnar would just run through Mir again. If Mir beats Carwin, it would give some support to Mir being able to handle a larger opponent with a wrestling base. Many people think Gonzaga is the only legitimate win on Carwin's resume. A win over Mir would make a fight with Lesnar that much more intriguing, plus give him much needed exposure since he's been out for so long.
-IF Lesnar isn't able to return. The winner of Mir/Carwin could face the winner of Nogueira/Velasquez.
-As a fan...You either want to see Frank Mir win or get his ass kicked. You can't lie and say you wouldn't be interested in seeing if Carwin could beat him.