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UFC 131: Shane Carwin to Face Golden Glory Recruit Jon Olav Einemo

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 26:  UFC fighter Shane Carwin (pictured) weighs in for his fight against UFC fighter Frank Mir for their Interim Championship Heavyweight fight at UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy Weigh-In on March 26, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Leon HorneAnalyst IMarch 23, 2011

Shane Carwin last fought in July of 2010 where he had the upper hand against the then-heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar until the second round, where Carwin looked physically exhausted and was forced to submit to an arm triangle.

Many have said that Carwin laid out the blueprint to beating Lesnar which is to keep the fight standing, land punches and Lesnar will wilt. Cain Velasquez followed the same game plan as Carwin when he fought Lesnar, but was more patient with his strikes which ultimately lead to his winning of the title.

Carwin was scheduled to fight Ultimate Fighter winner Roy Nelson in January, but was forced to pull out of the fight in order to repair a nagging neck injury that was gravely affecting him in his training.

Carwin's surgery was a success and the UFC didn't waste anytime scheduling his return to the octagon. Carwin was scheduled to fight at UFC 131 in Vancouver, on the same card as Ultimate Fighter coaches Junior Dos Santos and Brock Lesnar. Only problem for Carwin and the UFC was that there was nobody available to fight him.

The Seattle Times had a chance to talk with UFC president Dana White and it was during this chat that White announced Carwin's opponent for UFC 131, Golden Glory fighter and new UFC recruit Jon Olav Einemo.

Einemo was signed by the UFC earlier this month on March 7. The 36-year-old Norwegian heavyweight who stands at 6'6" and weighs in at 240 pounds hasn't fought since December 2006.

Einemo's record stands at 6-1 in mixed martial arts, his lone loss being to Strikeforce tournament member Fabricio Werdum.

Einemo is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has competed on the world's biggest stage for grapplers, Abu Dhabi Combat Club's (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World Championship where he has a championship and two quarterfinal appearances to his name.

Not only has Einemo competed and won at the highest level in grappling, he is also the only man to have beaten multiple time ADCC champion Roger Gracie at the tournament.

Both Carwin and Einemo have only one loss on their records, but on June 11 in Vancouver one of them will be leaving the octagon with a second loss barring a draw or no contest.

 


Leon Horne has been contributing to Bleacher Report for two years now. He focuses mainly on mixed martial arts, but he has also written about tennis, football and hockey. Just send him a message if you want to talk sports or discuss any opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter for updates: Follow Leon_Horne on Twitter

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