Brock Lesnar’s next opponent is no secret. Cain Velasquez is the man (or victim) next in line for the UFC champion.Brock Lesnar’s next fight is now official. Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez will headline UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez on October 23, 2010.
If that sounds soon, it isn’t soon enough for UFC president Dana White. Dana White attempted to headline UFC 119 in September with Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez. The combination of a new child in the Lesnar household and allowing proper time to let his cuts heal made Lesnar unavailable for such a quick turnaround. It appears that Dana White and Brock Lesnar met in the middle with a UFC 121 October 23 fight.
This is quite a difference for Brock Lesnar who went twelve months between his last two fights. Ironically this is the same exact time line that was planned between Brock Lesnar’s last two fights. Lesnar vs. Carwin was signed originally for UFC 106 in October 2009, coming off Lesnar’s win over Frank Mir last July. UFC 106 was the first of several cancellations for Lesnar who was battling diverticulitis. Lesnar had no problem mentally or physically accepting such a quick turnaround last year (until he got sick), so I see no problem with Lesnar getting back in the octagon so soon.
The UFC may have a tougher time selling this fight than any of Brock Lesnar’s other fights. Lesnar holds the record for his UFC 100 fight with Frank Mir for the most successful event in UFC history. There is early speculation that UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin could actually finish second to UFC 100 in buyrates. I can’t see the same interest being there in Lesnar vs. Velasquez. The story of a fighter with the knockout power of Shane Carwin, never going past the first round against the seemingly unbeatable Brock Lesnar is a lot easier to sell than the now invincible Brock Lesnar against well, Cain Velasquez.
Then again, these are the kinds of fights where upsets normally happen. Counting out a fighter who is 8-0 with 7 knockouts is a recipe for disaster.
UFC 121 takes place October 23, 2010 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
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