Fanhouse.com is reporting that the scheduled bout for UFC 104 between undefeated heavyweights Shane Carwin (11-0) and Cain Velasquez (6-0) has been scrapped, and Carwin will now be challenging Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 106. Fighters Only Magazine has since reported that they were able to contact a well-placed source who confirmed the news, while MMAJunkie is reporting that that Lesnar and Carwin have agreed to the fight, but contracts have yet to be signed.
No official reason has been given for the change. The bout between Velasquez and Carwin was supposed to determine the number one contender for Lesnar’s title. According to the Fanhouse.com report, Velasquez will still fight at UFC 104 against an opponent yet to be named.
Carwin has only fought on the main card in the UFC once with his last fight against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 96, where he defeated Gonzaga via TKO in the first-round.
Carwin had recently been critical of Lesnar’s behavior after UFC 100, when Lesnar got into a bloodied Frank Mir’s face and flipped off the crowd after his second round victory over Mir.
“The flipping off of the fans that just lined your pocket with millions of dollars is just LAME,” Carwin wrote on his website blog after the incident. “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. It doesn’t matter how much money you make if you can’t earn your peers respect and the respect and love of the greatest sporting fans in the world. We have no scripts in this sport, no pre-determined earning amount and no pre-determined outcomes. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose it matters how you win or lose.
“Every autograph I give, every hand I shake, I am thankful that you give me the opportunity to be a part of your world. This is the greatest sport in the world and most of the athletes in it deserve the love and respect they get,and some just don’t get it.”
UFC 104 takes place on October 24, 2009 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. UFC 106 comes from the Mandalay Bay Event Center Las Vegas, NV on November 21st and features Tito Ortiz’s return to the UFC against UFC Hall Of Famer Mark Coleman.