As expected, the world’s premier mixed martial arts show has officially announced “UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez” will be jumping off October 23rd inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“Throughout fighting history, there has never been a Mexican heavyweight champion, but at UFC 121, Cain Velasquez will try to make history and become the first,” UFC president Dana White said. “To do that though, he must defeat the baddest man on the planet, UFC heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
“Also, fresh off his destruction of Dan Henderson, Jake Shields enters the UFC, and he’s got his sights set on the welterweight title, but he’s got to get by Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann first.”
Lensar became the planet’s top heavyweight after his dramatic come-from-behind victory over Shane Carwin at UFC 116 in July. The submission win bumped his pro MMA record to a dominant 5-1. Despite having only six bouts under his bling-bling belt, half of Lesnar’s scraps have been of the championship variety.
Velasquez, who earned his top contender status by putting down Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110 in February, was sitting front and center last month to witness the blockbuster heavyweight unification bout.
In addition to the two featured bouts, a heavyweight battle with Gabriel Gonzaga and Brendan Schaub, Tito Ortiz’s 205-pound affair against Matt Hamill, as well as a pivotal welterweight fight with Diego Sanchez and Paulo Thiago will round out the televised portion of the pay-per-view broadcast.