After replacing an ill Brock Lesnar to face Junior dos Santos in the main event of UFC 131 on June 11, Shane Carwin took to his blog to comment on taking the “serious” matchup on less than a months notice in hopes of earning another shot at the heavyweight title:
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.