It’s official – Shane Carwin (11-0) will square off against UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (4-1) at UFC 106 for the UFC heavyweight championship. Carwin confirmed the reports on his website, stating, “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.”
Carwin may be Lesnar’s toughest fight to date, due to his extensive wresting and knockout power.
“It’s going to be two huge guys going at it,” UFC President Dana White stated to Yahoo Sports. “He’s [Carwin] got the power to knock anybody out and he’s got great wrestling too. He’s one of the guys that has the size to match up with Brock, too. This is one of those fights that could be wild. Someone’s going to get their head knocked off.”
Carwin was originally scheduled to face Cain Velasquez (6-0) at UFC 104, however that bout was scrapped. White noted that Lesnar was ready to fight now, and a fight with Carwin made the most sense.
“Brock is ready to go now and wants to fight,” White went on to say. “Carwin makes the most sense. He’s 11-0, and he’s been kicking the [expletive] out of everybody. [Gabriel] Gonzaga destroyed [Mirko] Cro Cop and he [Carwin] totally destroyed Gonzaga. Plus, he hates Brock Lesnar.”
Carwin had been critical of Lesnar in the past, calling Lesnar’s post-fight actions at UFC 100 “lame.”
“The flipping off of the fans that just lined your pocket with millions of dollars is just lame,” Carwin said shortly after UFC 100. “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 [that] 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.”
UFC 106 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, NV on November 21st and also features Tito Ortiz’s return to the UFC against UFC Hall Of Famer Mark Coleman.