Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin for the undisputed heavyweight title at UFC 116. It was one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history, perhaps the biggest fight ever in the heavyweight division.
Both men are absolute beasts. Lesnar stands at 6'3", 265 lbs, while his opponent Shane Carwin only an inch shorter at 6'2". As Joe Rogan said going into the fight, "Hopefully the cage had been re-inforced."
Carwin came to the octagon with an eerie calmness and confidence about him. As "Let The Bodies Hit The Floor" by Drowning Pool filled the arena, Carwin made his entrance and looked as if he knew something everyone else didn't. As if it was his destiny to beat Brock.
Cue Lesnar, the fastest rising star in perhaps the history of the UFC. His last fight coming almost one year ago to the day in July of 2009 when he dominated veteran Frank Mir. An angry looking Lesnar coming out to "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, looking to put Shane Carwin to sleep, retain his undisputed UFC heavyweight championship, and become the top heavyweight in all of MMA.
In the weeks leading up to the fight, the odds and the predictions had gone back and forth. Both men physically equal to one another, both with scary type of power.
Would Lesnar be able to win a fight after almost one year away from the cage? Or would it be Shane Carwin who had yet to face a man capable of taking him outside of the first round?
After the entrances, and introductions by Bruce Buffer, it was finally time for these two mammoths to due battle.
The first round began without the two high fiving gloves in the middle of the cage like so many fighters normally due.
Lesnar and Carwin cautiously circled one another for the first 30 seconds before Lesnar threw in a few jabs. Carwin taking advantage of Brock in close range caught him with a big uppercut. Lesnar then retreated to the cage taking Carwin with him.
Seconds later, Carwin unleashed a furry of punches and a knee sending Lesnar reeling and opening a cut above his left eye. Carwin was delivering punches in bunches, standing right over Lesnar. Carwin looked so dominant that it appeared as if referee Josh Rosenthal would stop the fight at any moment.
Carwin spent the next three minutes delivering some devastating ground and pound. Countless punches and elbows connecting with Lesnar's face.
The two fighters would stand up and lean on one another for the final minute of the first round and that was it. The first time that a fight involving Shane Carwin would go to a second round.
The second round started with Lesnar smiling at Carwin, Carwin winking back. The question would become, did Carwin punch himself out in the first round and how was his cardio going to be in the second round.
At the one minute mark of the second round, Lesnar took advantage of the low energy level of Carwin, easily taking him to the mat. It was finally a chance for Lesnar to put his dominant wrestling and ground and pound skills to use.
The two would grapple before Lesnar got the mount. He then moved to side control and locked in what looked to be a relatively harmless side arm triangle.
Commentator Joe Rogan stated that Carwin's positioning would keep him safe from being choked out. But within seconds of those words coming out Rogan's mouth, Carwin tapped at 2:19 of the second round, putting an end to the most anticipated heavyweight fight in UFC history, and crowing Brock Lesnar as the best heavyweight in all of MMA.
Following the fight, Lesnar was asked how he was able to come out and win the fight in the second round after being punished by Carwin so badly in the first round.
"I just had to weather the storm," Lesnar said. "He's got some heavy shots. I just had to hang back and he was getting tired. Each shot, less dramatic than the other, I just let him go."
Lesnar's next opponent looking to usurp the baddest man on the planet will be another undefeated heavyweight. UFC President Dana White had said that the 8-0 Cain Velasquez would face the winner of the Lesnar vs. Carwin fight.
Cain Velasquez undoubtedly knows what a challenge lies ahead of him. And just to make sure, Lesnar solidified his status to the fans in his post-fight interview with Rogan.
"I stand before you a humble champion," Lesnar said. "And I'm still the toughest S.O.B. around baby."
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