The biggest fight in MMA history will finally go down when heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar looks to unify the title against interim champ Shane Carwin at “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin.” The organization has just released the official poster for the July 3rd event, as tickets go on sale this week.
Lesnar and Carwin were initially slated to meet at UFC 106 last November, then again at UFC 108 in January, however Lesnar was forced out both times due to illness.
The former WWE employee was last seen annihilating Frank Mir at UFC 100 en route to unifying the heavyweight crown. After his dominating effort, Lesnar contracted mononucleosis and parlayed that into a severe case of diverticulitis.
Although his life hung in the balance, Lesnar was able to make a “miraculous” recovery, however his extended leave forced the UFC to manufacture an interim belt.
Carwin gladly collected the crown by posting a 1stRound TKO over Mir at UFC 111 last month. The part-time engineer is perfect through his first 12 MMA contests and has ended all of them violently in the 1stRound.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the show today, May 11th at 10AM PDT at Ticketmaster.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC Newsletter subscribers Wednesday, May 12th starting at 10AM PDT.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, May 13th at 10AM PDT.
Here are the fighters rumored/scheduled to participate inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Julio Paulino vs. Daniel Roberts
Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola
Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Kelly
Goran Reljic vs. Kendall Grove
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Stephan Bonnar
Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos
Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shane Carwin (UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar (UFC Heavyweight Champion)