The UFC officially announced that UFC heavyweight champion would face undefeated top contender Shane Carwin (11-0) at UFC 106 on Saturday, Nov. 21. Carwin has been a dominant force in his brief career, with only one of his eleven opponents lasting over two minutes before being stopped by the 34 year old heavyweight.
“Brock Lesnar has been tearing through everyone over the last year,” UFC President Dana White stated. “But in Shane Carwin, he’s not only fighting someone as big as he is, he’s fighting someone who has ended all of his fights in less than three minutes. This is literally the biggest heavyweight title fight ever and may also be the most explosive.”
Over the past year, Lesnar captured the UFC heavyweight title with a second-round TKO victory over UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, then successfully defended his title at UFC 100 with an impressive dominating victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Now Lesnar looks to become the first man to ever defeat Carwin.
“I’m excited to get back in the Octagon on November 21st to defend my title,” Lesnar said. “I’m looking forward to fighting Shane Carwin. “He’s undefeated and I’m the man who is going to put an end to that.”
Carwin, who is coming off of a big first round TKO victory over former top contender Gabriel Gonzaga, admitted to having trouble sleeping at night when he found out about the fight.
“I was extremely excited when I got the news that I was fighting Brock,” Carwin admitted. “I couldn’t even sleep that night. This fight is going to be different for both of us. We’re not used to facing someone who equals us in size. I can see this fight taking place everywhere. We both have wrestling backgrounds, but hopefully we’ll get into some exchanges on the feet too.”
UFC 106: Lesnar vs. Carwin takes place live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev on Saturday, Nov. 21. The event also features former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz returning to the organization to face UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman.