The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially announced that former WWE star Brock Lesnar will make his UFC debut at UFC 81 against former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. The bout will take place Feb. 2 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“It’s an interesting matchup,” said UFC President Dana White. “Lesnar is a great wrestler, a good athlete, and this is definitely gonna be a big test for him. Frank Mir is a former world champion who is coming off a big win over Antoni Hardonk, and he’s looking to get his career back on track while Lesnar’s looking to walk into the UFC and prove what type of fighter he’s gonna be by trying to knock him off.”
“This guy’s not trying to duck anybody,” said White of Lesnar. “He knew once he got in the UFC that he was gonna fight tough guys.”
Brock Lesnar made his MMA debut in June at K-1 Hero’s Dynamite!! USA where he submitted Min Soo Kim early in the first round.
Frank Mir sports a MMA record of 10-3 with victories over the likes of Wes Sims, Tim Sylvia, Tank Abbott and Pete Williams. Mir’s most recent victory came at UFC 74: Respect where he submitted Antoni Hardonk partway through the first stanza.