Lesnar, Carwin Greenlit for UFC 116

By Brian Knapp Jul 2, 2010
They may need to reinforce the cage for this one.

Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar tipped the scales at 265 pounds for his unification bout with interim titleholder Shane Carwin (265) at UFC 116 “Lesnar vs. Carwin” on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The eight other men slated to compete on the main card -- co-headliners Yoshihiro Akiyama (185) and Chris Leben (186) included -- also met their mandated weight requirements at Friday’s official weigh-in.

Lesnar, 32, has not competed since he bludgeoned Frank Mir en route to a second-round technical knockout at UFC 100 one year ago. Honed by the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, the former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar stared down a life- and career-threatening intestinal disorder in late 2009 and early 2010. Lesnar was a four-time collegiate All-American wrestler and won a national championship as a heavyweight at the University of Minnesota in 2000. Since entering mixed martial arts in 2007, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound behemoth has rapidly become the sport’s biggest box office draw and already owns wins against UFC hall of famer Randy Couture and Pride Fighting Championships veteran Heath Herring.

Based alongside former middleweight King of Pancrase Nate Marquardt at the Grudge Training Center in Colorado, Carwin has finished all 12 of his opponents inside one round. The heavy-handed 35-year-old has 22-, 29-, 31-, 44- and 49-second wins on his untarnished resume, which includes victories over former UFC heavyweight title contender Gabriel Gonzaga and the American Kickboxing Academy’s Christian Wellisch. Carwin, a Div. II national wrestling champion in college, captured the interim UFC heavyweight crown in March, when he knocked out Mir in a little less than four minutes at UFC 111. His ride-the-lightning punching power has turned him into one of the game’s most feared big men.

UFC 116 -- which also features a welterweight tilt pairing Chris Lytle (170) with Matt Brown (171), a light heavyweight rematch pitting “The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 runner-up Stephan Bonnar (205) against Krzysztof Soszynski (205) and a lightweight duel between George Sotiropoulos (156) and Kurt Pellegrino (155) -- will air live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT. An hour prior, Spike TV will carry a pair of fights from the undercard: Brendan Schaub (238) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (255) and Ricardo Romero (206) vs. Seth Petruzelli (205).

UFC 116 “Lesnar vs. Carwin”
Saturday, July 3
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Las Vegas

UFC Heavyweight Championship

Brock Lesnar (265) vs. Shane Carwin (265)

Yoshihiro Akiyama (185) vs. Chris Leben (186)
Chris Lytle (170) vs. Matt Brown (171)
Stephan Bonnar (205) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (205)
George Sotiropoulos (156) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (155)
Brendan Schaub (238) vs. Chris Tuchscherer (255)
Ricardo Romero (206) vs. Seth Petruzelli (205)
Kendall Grove (184) vs. Goran Reljic (186)
Gerald Harris (185) vs. Dave Branch (185)
Daniel Roberts (169) vs. Forrest Petz (170)
Jon Madsen (254) vs. Karlos Vemola (222)
<h2>Fight Finder</h2>