If one were to read between the lines, which apparently everyone in the MMA community loves to do, former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin will be keeping a watchful eye on the top contender scrap between Roy Nelson and Junior dos Santos this Saturday at UFC 117.
UFC president Dana White has already promised the victor will dance in a championship bout in their next Octagon outing. However today, UFC UK president Marshall Zelaznik dropped a major hint as to what might be in store for the loser.
“Shane Carwin is a man people would love to have a win over on their record,” Zelaznik told ESPN.CO.UK. “His performance against Brock Lesnar was so good that he only sits one or two fights away from a return to a title shot.
“Junior Dos Santos and Roy Nelson are the two names that, come hell or high water, Shane is going to have to face.”
Compounding Zelaznik’s eye-wink statement is the fact Octagon matchmaker Joe Silva has shown a propensity for pitting the division’s elite opposite each other when coming off defeats. If the shot caller’s trend continues to hold true, Carwin will have his next assignment come Saturday night.
“Joe has a tendency to match fighters who are coming off losses in order to give them their chance to turn things around,” Zelaznik added. “So how the Nelson vs. dos Santos fight plays out may have a bearing on Shane Carwin.”
Carwin holds a nearly-flawless 12-1 record. His aforementioned loss to Lesnar last month at UFC 116 marks the engineer’s only professional blemish.