UFC 131: Why Shane Carwin Is the Perfect Replacement for Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar, the biggest name in the UFC, had to pull out his fight with Junoir Dos Santos at UFC 131
The UFC has had plenty of success with Brock Lesnar. He has been on 6 pay-per-views so far and four of them have had over 1,000,000 people buy them. Love him or hate him, Lesnar sells tickets and shows. He is a controversial figure but nevertheless is highly entertaining. This season of The Ultimate Fighter put Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos up against each other as coaches. After the show coaches fight each other. It is not going to be like that this time.
Lesnar has a history of Diverticulitis and it has nearly killed him in the past. The disease is flaring up again which forced him to pull out of the main event. This brought up the question: who could replace Brock Lesnar? The answer was almost too easy: Shane 'The Engineer" Carwin.
Carwin is 13-1 in his MMA career. All his wins have come in the first round. He has a great college wrestling background, and also has the largest hands in the UFC (his gloves a 5XLs). He possesses knockout power more so than anyone in the UFC. The only loss in his career is to Lesnar, in UFC 116, only after Carwin took a 10-8 first round. That was Carwin's last fight until now.
Shane Carwin has had back surgery since his last fight. The reports are that he is 100% healthy for the first time in his MMA career. That is a scary thought. He goes to face Dos Santos who is also 13-1. Dos Santos has finished every opponent he has ever beaten, never going to the judges' score cards for a decision. Dos Santos has a great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu background and some of the fastest hands in the UFC.
Even with Lesnar out of UFC 131, fans don't want to miss this fight. Either fighter could knock the other out in the blink of an eye. Both fighters have stated they are extremely focused coming into this fight. They are looking to make a statement. Oh, and if that isn't enough this fight determines the number one contender spot! The winner gets a title shot against Cain Velasquez.
Both fighters deserve it and they will let the leather fly to prove that they do.
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