According to multiple sources Shane Carwin has been tabbed to face Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 on November 21st.
This news comes as a bit of a surprise considering Carwin was set to face fellow top heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 in October, but it also comes as music to the ears to many MMA fans around the world. Now instead of a No. 1 contender match that would have eliminated one if not both fighters (injury or poor performance), fans will get to see the heavyweight title defended sooner rather than later and perhaps against both fighters within the next six months.
The reason for this seems to be a quick recovery by Lesnar who had minor surgery after defeating Frank Mir at July's UFC 100 in his first title defense. With the quick recovery, the UFC was in a pickle to get Lesnar a suitable title contender with virtually every top heavyweight fighter already scheduled to fight.
Lesnar vs. Carwin is a matchup that has been anticipated since Carwin defeated Gabriel Gonzaga in March. The two fighters are eerily similar with their wrestling pedigree and overwhelming size. In the entirety of the UFC's heavyweight division, Lesnar and Carwin are the only two fighters who cut down to make the heavyweight limit of 265. For that very reason, many MMA pundits feel Carwin is the best bet to beat the unstoppable force that is Lesnar.
Now on November 21st MMA fans and analysts alike will find out if he can.