Today, MMAJunkie.com refuted a report that was released earlier on their site that had UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar’s next title defense, against Cain Velasquez, going down this September 25th at UFC 119. Apparently both Lesnar and his most recent opponent Shane Carwin, who battled it out last Saturday at UFC 116 for the heavyweight strap, were asked before that fight if the winner would be willing to face Velasquez at UFC 119. MMAJunkie is now reporting that UFC President Dana White, who mentioned in the lead-up to UFC 116 that the winner of the Lesnar-Carwin bout would face Velasquez “as soon as possible,” is actually not planning on pitting Lesnar against Velasquez at UFC 119 and has mentioned this fact to several different media sources. White has yet to issue an official date for Lesnar and Velasquez’s meeting.
The rescheduling of the bout, if you could call it that, may be due to the fact that Lesnar is in no rush to make his third title defense.
“I’m expecting a baby in two weeks,” Lesnar informed media at the UFC 116 post-fight press conference. “My wife’s been a trooper. She’s been pregnant for 18 months these past two years.”
In addition to his baby-on-the-way, Lesnar also has plans to tend his land and is apparently looking to join former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes in adding farmer to his resume.
“I’m going home tonight,” said Lesnar. “I’m going to visit some family when I get home, and I’ve got some combining. I’m a farmer now, and I’m doing what I love to do. I’ve got some combining to do this fall, and I want to shoot a white-tailed deer and spend time with my family.”
The UFC is most likely looking to have Lesnar compete as much and as often as possible due to his year-long, diverticulitis-induced absence from the sport but it is no surprise that, after recovering from such a serious disease and getting himself back into fight shape, Lesnar would like some time off.