The UFC confirmed on today’s episode of “The Ultimate Insider” that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (5-2) will face top contender Junior Dos Santos (12-1) at UFC 131 on June 11.
The two heavyweights will square off at the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13, where both fighters serve as opposing coaches. The new season of The Ultimate Fighter debuts on March 30 on Spike TV, with the live finale airing on June 4.
Fighting out of Alexandria, Minn., Lesnar was an All-American wrestler at the University of Minnesota and 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion. Lesnar joined the WWE in 2002 and quickly became one of the popular names in sports entertainment. Lesnar left the WWE after three years and, after a brief career as a defensive end with the Minnesota Vikings, began training in mixed martial arts.
In 2008, Lesnar made his UFC debut, and later that year, in just his fourth professional MMA fight, defeated Randy Couture at UFC 91 to win the heavyweight title. After exacting revenge on Frank Mir at UFC 100 in July 2009, Lesnar suffered a life-threatening intestinal disease that sidelined him for a year. Lesnar returned to the Octagon in July 2010 to defeat Shane Carwin at UFC 116. He last fought at UFC 121 last October, losing the title to Cain Velasquez via TKO in the first round.
Brazilian heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos honed his skills as a mixed martial arts fighter under the tutelage of UFC superstars Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Anderson Silva. One of the sport’s rising stars and the number one contender in the division, dos Santos made his UFC debut with a stunning knockout of Fabricio Werdum at UFC 90 in October 2008. He has since won his next five bouts over the division’s top fighters including Mirko Cro Cop, Gabriel Gonzaga, and most recently, Roy Nelson, at UFC 117 last August.
UFC 131: Retribution takes place on June 11, 2011 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.