The much-anticipated November 21 showdown between UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin is going to have to wait. The major announcement came today from Dana White via Yahoo! Sports. White stated that Lesnar has been sick for approximately three-and-a-half weeks with some type of flu like illness. It has been rumored that Lesnar has been suffering from the H1N1 virus; however, White stated today that he does not believe this to be the case.
“(Brock) said he’s never been this sick in his life,” White said. “He said it’s been going on for a long time and he just hasn’t been able to shake it.” Here’s where things get interesting. Dana White stated that this fight was simply cancelled and that he was unsure if this fight would simply be postponed or if Carwin will continue to fight on the card.
So, where does this leave UFC 106, 107, and 108? If this fight is simply postponed to UFC 108 on January 2, it would give that card the much needed final piece to the UFC’s annual end-of-the-year extravaganza. UFC 108 would then boast a card of Brock Lesnar/Shane Carwin, Anderson Silva/Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans/Thiago Silva, Gabriel Gonzaga/Junior Dos Santos, and Carlos Condit/Paul Daley. The undercard of this event would feature names like Tyson Griffin, Martin Kampmann, Joe Lauzon, and Cole Miller.
While UFC 108 would be stacked, it would leave a gaping hole in the card of UFC 106. Aside from the co-main event of Tito Ortiz versus Forrest Griffin, this is a rather lackluster card. Since UFC 101, every card has been rather weak. UFC 102 was led by Randy Couture and Antonio Nogueira and UFC 103 was main-evented by Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort. Then came the horrendous, scandal-filled UFC 104 that had Lyoto Machida being handed a win that he didn’t deserve and Cain Velasquez being awarded a TKO while punching an opponent who was standing up. Coming up, we have a rather weak-looking UFC 105 free Spike event on November 14. Until this announcement, UFC 106 was going to be the show that changed this abnormal streak of weak events. So, could UFC afford to put out five lackluster cards if it makes up for it with two stacked cards to end the year?
Let’s say Carwin decides to still fight at UFC 106. What are the options? Well, a few that come to mind are Cain Velasquez, Antonio Nogueira, Frank Mir, Cheick Kongo, and Junior Dos Santos seem to make sense. Cain would probably take this fight faster than anyone else, but it is standard for every fighter to receive a minimum of a 30-day medical suspension after a fight. So, that rules him out. Mir and Congo are currently scheduled to face one another at UFC 107. This fight is simply not worth moving up to UFC 106. Dos Santos is coming off a decisive victory over Mirko Cro Cop and is currently scheduled to take on Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 108. This fight won’t move up either. If Carwin decides to fight, my guess is that he’ll either fight Frank Mir or Antonio Nogueira. Those three guys seem to make up the top of the division and there would be a logical reason for each of these guys who fight.
If Carwin decides to take his guaranteed title shot and simply wait the extra 40 days, what are the options for UFC 106? The card is simply not worth buying without an additional fight. One such option could be a number one contender’s match between Frank Mir and Antonio Nogueira. Mir rightfully deserves a third match with Lesnar and Nogueira is coming off a decisive victory over Randy Couture. Nog is also aging, so it is smart to make money off of this guy while you can. One question many people are immediately asking is, “what about Lyoto Machida/Shogun Rua II?” Well, Dana White did say he wants an immediate rematch and both guys have already said anytime, anywhere. Is a rematch in 25 days too soon? Probably so, but UFC 107 or UFC 109 is more likely. The only such reasoning I can see that would merit this match at UFC 106 would be because these guys have already been training for each other over the last 3 months. This simply will not happen, however. No way.
Once again, UFC has had a major matchup cancelled, postponed, or blown up with very short notice and very little time to make a suitable change. The only thing we know right now is that Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin will not be fighting on November 21st in Las Vegas. If they do fight, it will now be at UFC 108 on January 2, 2010. At the moment, everything else is up in the air.
Brett is 26 years old and from Millville, NJ. He has is a life-log fan of the Philadelphia sports teams as well as the Boston red Sox and Cincinnati Bengals. Brett is also a big fan of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. If you would like to comment on one of his stories, please e-mail him at [email protected]
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