Brock Lesnar’s Next Fight Officially Signed

The question about Brock Lesnar’s next fight has officially been answered. Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin has been reportedly signed for UFC 116. The on again/off again UFC heavyweight title match will see Brock Lesnar fight for the first time in just under one year.

Several reports indicate that the fight has been signed by both men. The UFC has yet to make an official announcement as of this writing. I wouldn’t get too excited about the news. The Shane Carwin vs. Brock Lesnar fight has been signed, scheduled, and later canceled several times over the last twelve months.

Both men are coming off of devastating wins over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. Brock Lesnar destroyed Frank Mir at UFC 100 last July. Carwin only needed one round to roll through Frank Mir in March at UFC 111. While Carwin has been promised the fight with Lesnar in the past, it looks more realistic than ever with the signing of the fight.

I wrote the following when the first Shane Carwin vs. Brock Lesnar fight was announced back in August. “The Carwin-Lesnar fight is extremely intriguing. Carwin is 11-0 in MMA and is the only fighter under contract to match Lesnar size for size. At 6’3 and 265lbs, he is the only challenger that Lesnar won’t be able to bully on the ground in a potential match. This will be the first and maybe only time that Lesnar can’t rely strictly on his size to power his way to a win.” Of course since the writing Carwin is now 12-0 in the UFC.

There are rumors of an Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen UFC middleweight title fight being added as a co-main event. After Silva’s shenanigans at UFC 112, I don’t know quick UFC fans will be running out to buy tickets or pay-per-views to see Anderson Silva fight. However, packaged with Brock Lesnar this would make UFC 116 a must-see show.

As it stands now between the anticipation for Brock Lesnar’s next fight and a possible grudge match between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, UFC 116 has the potential to shatter records set last year at UFC 100. I’d expect an official announcement from Dana White within the next couple of weeks.

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