Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez: A question of weightPosted on June 30, 2010, 06:53 AM by Anton Gurevich
UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will return to the Octagon for the first time since UFC 116, against probably his toughest opponent to date: Shane “The Engineer” Carwin. Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin are a new breed of Heavyweight fighters, who cut weight to meet the 265-pound mark at the weigh-ins, and viciously demolish their opponents 24 hours later inside the cage. The fight between the two will determine who’s the undisputed king of this “new breed”.
Today, we can easily divide the top MMA Heavyweights around the World to two groups. The first one includes Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, Frank Mir (if he stays in his current shape), Alistair Overeem and Brett Rogers. The others are Fedor Emelianenko, Cain Velasquez, Junior Dos Santos, Mirko Cro Cop, Minotauro Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum: fighters who travel between the 220-250 marks at the weigh-ins, and represent a quite different breed of Heavyweights.
When you have a completely two different groups of fighters in the same weight class, the fight between the two top representatives of each group is the one that can truly determine who’s the best in the World.
I am not trying to take anything from the future victory of Brock Lesnar or Shane Carwin. Yes, the winner of that fight has every right to top the Heavyweight rankings. But again, the future bout against the already-proclaimed “Group B” King Cain Velasquez will be the deciding one.
Velasquez weighed 243 pounds in his last bout against Minotauro Nogueira at UFC 110, twenty pounds less than Lesnar and Carwin will weight at UFC 116. The impact of the fight between Carwin/Lesnar and Cain Velasquez on Heavyweight division could be the same as the impact of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on MMA. Fighters will have to adapt, and that’s why Cain Velasquez will have a huge responsibility on his shoulders, proving that you could succeed as a Heavyweight even if you are not a Lesnar-type fighter.
UFC 116 will determine who is the #1 ranked Heavyweight in the World, but the future fight against Cain Velasquez will truly prove who’s the best. When this fight happens, it will not be a question of who fought who and the way of victory. It will be a question of weight.