Carwin had been scheduled to fight fellow heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 on October 24 in Las Angeles, but that bout has apparently been scrapped in favor of Lesnar-Carwin, with Velasquez then set to fight the winner, Fighters Only reports.
It is not yet known whether Velasquez, who is reportedly uninjured, will remain on the UFC 104 card against a different opponent, or whether he’ll simply wait until early next year for his title shot.
Shane Carwin addressed the rumors earlier today on his official website:
Lots of talk going around right now. It seems to stem from a twitter post out of MN. I can’t confirm or deny anything I can just tell you guys that I am training harder then ever and your support and loyalty will carry me through any fight they send my way. With you guys on my side I am ready for whatever happens.
Lesnar (4-1) suffered a first-round submission loss to Frank Mir in his UFC debut in February 2008, but received a title shot against then-champion Randy Couture following a unanimous decision drubbing of Heath Herring last August. After winning the heavyweight title with a (t) ko of Couture, Lesnar unified the heavyweight titles by avenging his previous loss and defeating interim title-holder Frank Mir by second-round TKO in July at UFC 100.
Carwin (11-0) is 3-0 in the UFC since making his Octagon debut in mid-2008, earning first-round knockouts of Christian Wellisch, Neil Wain, and, most-recently in March, Gabriel Gonzaga. “The Engineer” has never gone past the first round in winning all of his 11 professional fights, with his longest fight going just 2:11 and his 3 UFC bouts a combined 3:24.
Velasquez (6-0), a two-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State, followed up UFC knockouts of Brad Morris, Jake O’Brien, and Denis Stojnic with a unanimous decision over Cheick Kongo at UFC 99 in June.
Lesnar-Carwin joins Tito Ortiz vs. Mark Coleman and Jon Fitch vs. Ricardo Almeida on the fight card for the pay-per-view event.
Pictured: Brock Lesnar