There has been a ton of speculation concerning when, where and against whom UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin would be making his return to action and UFC president Dana White put an end to it today, announcing during a live chat hosted by the Seattle Times that Carwin will be welcoming Jon Olav Einemo to the Octagon early this summer.
From 2005 until 2010 Carwin went undefeated, mirroring Mike Tyson’s early career and finishing each of his twelve opponents via KO or TKO within the first round. Carwin made his UFC debut in 2008 against Christian Wellisch and in addition to putting him away in the first, he did the same to Neil Wain, Gabriel Gonzaga and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir before earning a shot at what was then Brock Lesnar’s heavyweight strap. The Grudge Training Center product blitzed Lesnar in the first round, keeping the champ in constant danger by hammering away with his melon-sized fists en route to easily earning a 10-8 first round. Carwin ran into trouble though when Lesnar made it to the bell, bringing the 36-year old into the second round for the first time in his career. Carwin’s gas tank was emptied and it was only a matter of time before Lesnar took him down and submitted him, dropping his record to 12-1. Carwin has not appeared in action since that fight–which took place last July–because he was forced to undergo and recover from neck surgery.
The recently-signed Einemo will be returning to action for the first time in four years, with his last bout coming against James Thompson in 2006 and resulting in a first round submission win. The Norwegian-born Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt claims the distinction of being one of the only men to have defeated Roger Gracie in grappling, which he did in 2003 en route to winning the prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship. His pro MMA record stands at 6-1, with all of his bouts ending via first round finish (one TKO and five submissions) with the exception of his lone defeat, which came via decision against Fabricio Werdum.
The two heavyweights are scheduled to fight at UFC 131, which goes down June 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.