A potential bout between heavyweight contenders Carwin and Velasquez began to be discussed after Velasquez’s UFC 99 victory over Cheick Kongo earlier this month, which cemented his status as a contender for the heavyweight title much like Carwin did with a UFC 96 win over Gabriel Gonzaga. Both Velasquez (6-0) and Carwin (11-0) are undefeated and in line for a title shot, though each needs one more victory over top competition before fighting for the belt.
Swick has lost just once in 10 UFC bouts, losing to middleweight contender Yushin Okami in 2007 before dropping to welterweight in early-2008 and winning four-straight to make a case for a title shot, though it appears he’ll have to get through the former champion Hughes before fighting for the 170-pound title. Hughes had lost back-to-back fights before defeating rival Mat Serra by unanimous decision in May.
Though the matchups had been rumored since UFC 99, Inside Fights recently confirmed that both bouts are under consideration for the pay-per-view event.
[Pictured: Shane Carwin]