Shane Carwin will finally get his long-awaited fight with UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, as UFC President Dana White confirmed with Ariel Helwani that the two will square off on July 3rd.
Carwin defeated Frank Mir at UFC 111 last night to become the new UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion. Carwin only needed 3:48 to knock Mir out and keep his undefeated streak – as well as his streak of ending all of his fights in the first round – intact.
“The plan was to get Frank against the fence and dirty box. I’m kind of mean and aggressive there,” Carwin stated at the post-fight press conference. “We worked on that all camp, just getting him against the fence and beating him up and trying to take him into later rounds.”
That ended up not being necessary as Carwin pummeled Mir against the cage before landing several unanswered shots to Mir on the ground.
“I felt more fluid in there,” Carwin noted. “I think Frank was actually probably waiting for me to bullrush him like I’ve kind of done with my prior opponents. I don’t know if he was looking to longer rounds with that or not. I felt really strong against him, against the cage. I felt I had a lot of power and position there.”
Carwin was originally slated to face UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar for the title last November until Lesnar fell ill after contracting diverticulitis. The bout was re-scheduled for this past January, but when it seemed like Lesnar’s illness may be career-ending, Carwin was offered a bout with Cain Velasquez for the interim heavyweight championship – a bout which also fell through. Carwin was finally offered the fight with Mir. Despite the change in opponents, Carwin feels that he’s destined to face Lesnar.
“It’s been a long time coming and I speak to it as like destiny,” Carwin noted. “Brock and I were both national champions around the same time in wrestling and we never got to meet in wrestling. You know, here we are 10 years later and we finally get to meet.”
Lesnar, who was sitting cageside with UFC President Dana White, entered the cage after the bout to congratulate Carwin. White noted that Lesnar is excited to face Carwin, but wanted to face Mir.
“He [Lesnar] was hoping Frank was going to win because he wanted to fight Frank Mir again,” White stated at the post-fight press conference. “When Shane won [Lesnar] goes, ‘Oh well. I guess it’s Shane.’
“I say it all the time, He’s a moody guy and ever since this thing happened to him, his disposition has been a lot better. He’s a lot more thankful and he’s happy to be back and competing again.”
You can watch Dana White’s interview with Ariel Helwani about last night’s event below: