The heavyweight champs signed their bout contracts late last month and today the world’s biggest MMA organization officially announced “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” for July 3rd inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
“When people wonder why the heavyweights capture the imagination of all fight fans, it’s because of guys like Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin,” said UFC President Dana White. “Not only are they great athletes and former national wrestling champions, but they both have the ability to end a fight with one punch.
“This is one of those fights that you won’t be able to turn away from because it can be over in a split second, and when it’s over, only one will walk away as the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion of the world.”
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.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the show this Tuesday, May 11th at 10AM PDT at Ticketmaster.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC Newsletter subscribers Wednesday, May 12th starting at 10AM PDT.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, May 13th at 10AM PDT.
Here are the fighters rumored/scheduled for the pay-per-view broadcast:
Goran Reljic vs. TBD
Kendall Grove vs. TBD
Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar
Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos
Nate Marquardt vs TBD
Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shane Carwin (UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)