UFC heavyweight Shane Carwin is so good that he has launched himself into a title fight without having to prove his top contender status. Carwin will now be challenging champ Brock Lesnar for his strap at UFC 106, instead of fellow rising-star Cain Velasquez at UFC 104.
MMAMadness reported the possibility of the rumble late last night, however Sherdog.com has just confirmed that Carwin and the former WWE employee will indeed meet on November 21st.
Last night, Carwin Tweeted the following message on his Twitter account:
“I can’t confirm or deny anything. I can just tell you guys that I am training harder then ever and your support and loyalty will carry me through any fight they send my way.”
This ginormous scrap will mark Lesnar’s first title defense as the company’s undisputed heavyweight king. He mauled interim champ Frank Mir at UFC 100 to become the division’s top dog and most controversial fighter.
Speaking of UFC 100, Lesnar certainly didn’t make any friends with his antics after the victory, including his UFC 106 opponent.
Carwin openly bashed Lesnar for his “Stone Cold” Steve Austin-esque performance following the W, stating that true champions carry themselves with class and dignity.
“The flipping off of the fans that just lined your pocket with millions of dollars is just LAME,” Carwin expressed. “He may be a Champion but he has a long ways to go before he earns the respect of a Champion. The fans are why we do this Brock, this sport is not about fat paychecks and drama, it is about hard work and sacrifice for a shot to do what you did last night.”
Lesnar’s sheer size and athleticism make him a match-up nightmare for anyone. Each time he enters the Octagon, he will hold at least a 40-pound weight advantage, a discrepancy so imposing that it more than makes up for his lack of MMA experience.
Speaking of inexperience, the 34-year-old Carwin has only been competing as a pro since October of 2005. Although he might be a little green, he possesses a perfect 11-0 mark, including three-straight impressive wins in the UFC.
And, in case you were wondering what all the hoopla was about, all of his victories have come via violent stoppages.
UFC 106 is scheduled to take place inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Word broke yesterday that former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz will be making his Octagon return against Hall of Famer Mark Coleman on the card as well.
It appears that Velasquez will remain on the Staples Center card as he will now be facing former IFL stud Ben Rothwell in Los Angeles, California on October 24th.
“I have verbally been offered the fight with Brock and I have verbally accepted this fight. My manager and the UFC are handling the details. I am honored that the UFC has given me this opportunity. The fans of this sport are what makes MMA so great. I expect to be fighting at UFC 106 in November.”