There are few positive things about former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s recent flare up of diverticulitis, but Shane Carwin could probably think of at least one.
Lesnar was set for a title eliminator fight against his opposing TUF 13 coach Junior dos Santos early this June, but was forced out by a recurrence of the intestinal ailment which almost forced him to hang up his gloves for good just a year and a half ago. With dos Santos and Lesnar’s match planned for the main event — and with UFC 130’s main event between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard already having been scrapped due to injury — the UFC sought to raise Carwin from his planned bout against Jon Olav Einemo, which was scheduled for the same night, and pit him against the still healthy dos Santos.
Carwin accepted the fight, which will determine the next contender to Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight title, and explained in a recent post on his website why he did so.
“I was training and my phone was blowing up so I looked over and saw some missed calls from Dana and Joe Silva. I reached out to my manager to see what was going on and he informed me that we are taking Lesnar’s spot for 131.
Junior is a serious fight and not the type of fight that you would normally take on a 30 day notice but I have a dream to chase and I do not have a lot of time to chase it. This is an opportunity to put myself in contention for the title. I know my Coaches will have me ready so I have everything to gain.
My manager said ‘This is where you belong’ and I am going to make sure I do everything I can to prove him right.
Please help make UFC 131 one of the biggest cards in the year.
I hope Brock is able to recover. I look forward to facing him again one day.
Carwin, who hasn’t fought since challenging Lesnar for the heavyweight title back in July of last year (in what was, coincidentally, Lesnar’s comeback fight from his first bout with diverticulitis), will meet the heavy-handed dos Santos at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 11 in the main event of UFC 131.