Though Junior dos Santos will only have about a month to adjust his game plan to face Shane Carwin, his coach and mentor Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira recently told FightersOnly.com that he believes the opponent switch will be advantageous to his charge.
“I think the change is good and will help us in Cigano’s training,” said Big Nog. “He was very much focused into boxing and a little without wrestling. The fight will be easier for him for sure.”
Carwin faces dos Santos in place of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, whom dos Santos recently coached opposite during the thirteenth installment of The Ultimate Fighter, which is currently airing.
Lesnar and dos Santos were scheduled to meet in the cage upon the show’s airing and subsequent finale, but a flare-up of the threatening intestinal ailment diverticulitis has Lesnar currently shelved. The disease is the same which had him out of action for a year between 2009-10.
Dos Santos and Carwin will now meet in the main event of UFC 131, which goes down this June 11 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
As for Big Nog, the Pride FC veteran is currently rumored to be facing up-and-comer Brendan Schaub this August at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The match will mark his first since a Februray 2010 KO loss to current champ Cain Velasquez.