UFC President, Dana White, has just announced that Brock Lesnar will fight Shane Carwin for the unification of the UFC Heavyweight belt on July 3, 2010 in Las Vegas. He confirmed this in a post fight interview after Carwin defeated Frank Mir in New Jersey at UFC 111. Lesnar vs Carwin was originally set for UFC 106 on November 18, 2009, then rescheduled for UFC 108 before being postponed indefinitely due to Lesnar’s illness. UFC 116 will be held at the at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
The Irony of Lesnar vs Carwin: Here is the obvious but muted irony in all of this – the UFC’s biggest tectonic event may also be the least significant in terms of technical brilliance or octagonal pyrotechnics.
For all their heavyweight and high PPV buy rates, Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin do not represent elite-skill MMA. MMA purists, while not sitting this one out, will watch it with measured reserve, cognizant that the two behemoths fighting that night represent a turn for the UFC heavyweight division that is gravitating more towards the dirty boxing/ground and pound school of MMA. To be fair to both men, they are certifiable finishers in the ring, but there is a difference between knocking someone out Chuck Liddell, Cro Cop or Shogun style, and submitting or grounding-and-pounding the snot out of them Lesnar style. In basketball terms, it is the difference between a Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal or a Michael Jordan and or Kevin Garnett. A kick to the head, like a Chuck Liddell haymaker can be as much a thing of beauty as a three-pointer from downtown. Dominance at a distance. Word.
We are probably in the minority here, but we stand by our word. The numbers are gonna be HUGE, both in terms of Pay Per View buy rate and arena tickets. The hype/spin machine is gonna kick into overdrive by June but that will not change the nature of what is being offered unless Dana White balances off the card with a hard-core, high-skill undercard. It is not something he would do on the record of course, but do it he really must for the soul of the sport – the unsung hard-core. Lesnar and Carwin, the biggest names in the game are not there yet in terms of what high MMA is about. Remember you heard it here first.
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Dana White targeting UFC 116 for Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin title-unification bout (Dann Stupp, MMA Junkie)
UFC Weight Divisions:
Heavyweight 205 -265lbs (93 -120kg)
Light Heavyweight 186 – 205lbs (84 – 93lbs)
Middleweight Division 171 -185lbs (77 – 84lbs)
Welterweight Division 156 – 170 (70 – 77lbs)
Lightweight Division 146 – 155lbs (66 – 70lbs)
Superfight Championships – Open weight fights (See historical note on Wikipedia)