The mystery behind Shane Carwin’s next opponent is finally over. UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday the former interim heavyweight champ will make his highly anticipated return against Octagon rookie Jon Olav Einemo at UFC 131.
Carwin was confirmed for the June 11th fight card many moons ago, but his impending foe had been kept under lock and key until today.
Carwin owns an impressive 12-1 professional record, with all of his wins coming before the final horns have sounded. He was last seen getting submitted by Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 in July 2010.
The charismatic 36-year-old has been recovering from a January back surgery.
Olav Einemo is a Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist that has compiled a 6-1 MMA record. He is the only man to defeat multiple-time BJJ champ Roger Gracie in the Abu Dhabi Combat Club tournament.
The UFC inked the up-and-coming heavyweight earlier this month.
UFC 131 is expected to take place inside the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Here are the athletes rumored to participate in the pay-per-view broadcast:
Dave “Pee Wee” Herman vs. Rob Broughton
Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya
Darren Elkins vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Mac Danzig vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone
Sam Stout vs. Yves Edwards
Anthony Perosh vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Court McGee
Demian Maia vs. Mark Munoz
Shane Carwin vs. Jon Olav Einemo
Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos