Perhaps the biggest question coming out of UFC 116 while Brock Lesnar was wrapping up a joyous post-fight press conference, was just how soon would the champion step back into the octagon.
Coming off of a year long absence due to a near fatal bout with diverticulitis, questions remained about just how active the champion wanted to be. He of course hasn't been the most active fighter in his time in the UFC, with just six fights since late 2007, a pace of about two a year.
Well, those questions were answered over the weekend as UFC President Dana White has confirmed reports that Lesnar and new challenger Cain Velasquez (8-0) will meet October 23 at UFC 121 in Anaheim, CA.
Velasquez, 27, is a California resident who has been idle since scoring an impressive knockout win over former Pride heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Noguiera at UFC 110 in February.
He has put together an impressive list of victories since joining the UFC in 2008. Prior to his win over Noguiera, Velasquez earned a TKO stoppage against Ben Rothwell, a unanimous decision win over Cheick Kongo and TKO victories over Denis Stojnic, Jake O'Brien and Brad Morris.
Against Lesnar, the 240 lb Velasquez will be giving up nearly 40 pounds against easily the biggest, and strongest, opponent he will have faced in his career.
The rest of the card for UFC 121 has yet to be determined. Stay tuned for further updates on this event as well as the others in the upcoming schedule.