The two former UFC heavyweight champions, Frank Mir (16-5) and Cain Velasquez (9-1) will look to clash in the near future according to UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta (via twitter). Also mentioned by Fertitta is the plans for a trilogy fight between former light heavyweight champs Tito Ortiz (16-10-1) and Forrest Griffin (18-7).
An official date for the bouts has not been made as of yet.
Mir will be knocking on title contentions door should he get past the recent former champ. Mir has been flying high on the radar with three-straight victories, including the bone-cracking kimura submission finish of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140 in Dec.
Velasquez who looked unbeatable as he went through nine opponents to gain the UFC title. It was not until the UFC’s premiere on Fox where Velasquez was caught early in the first by Junior dos Santos.
As for the Ortiz – Griffin match-up, we have already heard from Ortiz that this will likely be a retirement fight, win, lose or draw. Ortiz has been 1-6-1 in his last eight, shocking many when he took out top prospect Ryan Bader via guillotine back at UFC 132 in July.
Griffin will be looking to return from a loss to Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in Rua’s home country of Brazil back at UFC 134 in Aug. Following a very public call-out by Ortiz, Griffin jumped at the opportunity saying that both him and Ortiz feel it is an easy fight for the other.