|Posted by SteveFicca on December 28, 2010 at 12:52 AM|
By Steve Ficca, The Mouth Of MMA Editor
The previously scheduled fight between Frank Mir and Brendan Schaub has been reportedly scrapped, as it appears that Stefan Struve will step in for Mir. With no official word as of yet, rumblings have been heard that Mir may have another go-round as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter.
Sources close to the situation confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Monday that Schaub and Struve have now been asked to face off with verbal agreements in place from both fighters. Sportsnet.CA first reported the switch on Monday.
There has been no date determined yet for the heavyweight tilt, only that it will take place on one of the shows in early 2011.
Struve comes into the fight against Schaub after his co-main event TKO win over Sean McCorkle at UFC 124 in Montreal earlier this month. The Dutch fighter upped his record to 5-2 in the UFC with the win in December.
Both Schaub and Struve are considered among the best of the crop of young heavyweights in the UFC, and this bout should take center stage in whatever show they end up on.
Mir’s removal from the bout with Schaub does bring up obvious questions as to why. The former champion hasn’t fought since UFC 119 in September, and while sources indicated he had already agreed to the fight with Schaub, it may be curious timing that a slot has opened up for him to return and coach on the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
UFC president Dana White had mentioned Mir along with rival Brock Lesnar as potential coaching candidates for the reality show, but as of today there has still be no announcement as far as who will lead the fighters during the 13th season of the show.
Struve and Schaub have both making names for themselves as of late in the UFC. Both men are coming off a series of wins since their respetive TKO stoppages at the hands of Roy Nelson. The winner of this will most definitely find himself in the works for a high level opponent in their next fight.
Meanwhile, as far TUF goes, Frank Mir as a coach is definitely an exciting prospect. Throw Brock Lesnar on the other end and we could be in store for World War 3.