Nearly one year after demolishing Frank Mir in the main event of UFC 100, heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is healthy and ready to defend his belt against Shane Carwin in Las Vegas on July 3rd. It will be the main event of the evening and the biggest card the UFC has had this year.
UFC today confirmed its plan for a Lesnar-Shane Carwin main event July 3 at UFC 116 in Las Vegas. The bout would be Lesnar’s first title defense in nearly a year.
Carwin, technically UFC’s interim heavyweight champion since March, has been chasing Lesnar since last fall. They were supposed to square off in November, but Lesnar was sidelined by a bout with diverticulitis.
While Lesnar recuperated, Carwin was awarded an interim title for beating Frank Mir at UFC 111 in March.
UFC 116 will take place one week after a Strikeforce show that will be headlined by Emelianenko’s bout with Fabricio Werdum in San Jose. Both fights were officially announced today.
I don’t know why, but Mir/Lesnar III did not seem nearly as interesting to me as Lesnar/Carwin. All of Shane Carwin’s fights have ended with him being the victor in the first round. That’s right. He doesn’t know what the 2nd round is. He’s got heavy hands but Brock has heavier everything. I definitely give Shane a puncher’s chance in this one.
The entire card will be finalized in a few weeks, but here is what we have so far:
Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin
Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (not confirmed)
Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Roy Nelson vs. TBA (not confirmed)
Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos (not confirmed)
Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Chris Lytle vs. Matt Brown
Daniel Roberts vs. Julio Paulino
Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic
Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola
Actually this event is almost set and I can’t wait for this potentially special night. Plenty of good fights to see.