It appears fans have come one step closer to witnessing the biggest scrap in MMA history go down between UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar and interim title holder Shane Carwin at UFC 116.
Although the July 3rd unification bout has been rumored for quite some time, MMAFighting.com confirmed the pair have just signed their bout agreements for the summertime play date. A formal announcement from the company is expected within the coming weeks.
Lesnar and Carwin were initially slated to meet at UFC 106 last November, then again at UFC 108 in January, however Lesnar was forced out both times due to illness.
The former WWE employee was last seen annihilating Frank Mir at UFC 100 en route to unifying the heavyweight crown. After his dominating effort, Lesnar contracted mononucleosis and parlayed that into a severe case of diverticulitis.
Although his life hung in the balance, Lesnar was able to make a “miraculous” recovery, however his extended leave forced the UFC to manufacture an interim belt.
Carwin gladly collected the crown by posting a 1stRound TKO over Mir at UFC 111 last month. The part-time engineer is perfect through his first 12 MMA contests and has ended all of them violently in the 1stRound.
Although Carwin left the Prudential Center with gold around his waist, Lesnar reiterated that his strap was fugazy, and if Carwin wanted to dawn authentic hardware, he’d have to take it from Lesnar himself.
“It was a good fight, Shane, but that’s the wrong belt you’re wearing,” Lesnar told Carwin following his victory. “That’s a make-believe belt … I’ve got the championship belt. That’s the bottom line.”
To which Carwin cordially responded, “I couldn’t agree more, baby, that’s why I am coming after it!”
UFC 116 will be jumping off inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here are the other fighters rumored/slated for the pay-per-view broadcast:
Goran Reljic vs. TBD
Kendall Grove vs. TBD
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle
Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar
Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shane Carwin (UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)