Yesterday the UFC officially announced Brock Lesnar’s return to the cage, to defend his heavyweight title against current interim champ Shane Carwin at UFC 116.
“When people wonder why the heavyweights capture the imagination of all fight fans, it’s because of guys like Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin,” said Dana White. “Not only are they great athletes and former national wrestling champions, but they both have the ability to end a fight with one punch. This is one of those fights that you won’t be able to turn away from because it can be over in a split second, and when it’s over, only one will walk away as the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion of the world.”
Lesnar was originally scheduled to take on Carwin last November, but had to drop out of the fight when he contracted diverticulitis. The bout was rescheduled for January, but Lesnar’s health was still not up to snuff. But luckily, he made an amazing recovery and is excited to get back into the Octagon.
“I can’t wait to get back in the Octagon and defend my UFC heavyweight title,” Lesnar said. “July 3rd can’t come soon enough. I’m ready to fight. At UFC 116, Shane Carwin is going to face the REAL UFC heavyweight champion. I’m going to end Shane’s perfect record and walk out of the Octagon with my championship belt around my waist.”