Brock Lesnar vs. Junior dos Santos official for UFC 131 in JunePosted on March 3, 2011, 05:43 PM by Joey Santosus
The number one contender bout between former Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos is now official for UFC 131 in June.
The match-up, confirmed on today's edition of "The Ultimate Insider" on UFC.com, will determine which of the TUF 13 coaches will challenge current Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, in what will be the champ's first title defense.
In his latest effort, Lesnar (5-2) suffered his second career loss when he was dethroned by Velasquez in October. The former WWE superstar first captured the title by defeating MMA veteran Randy Couture at UFC 91 and followed up with two successful title defenses, including victories over Frank Mir and Shane Carwin. Lesnar will undoubtedly need a win against the Brazilian in order to keep his title hopes alive.
Dos Santos (12-1), meanwhile, last competed at UFC 117, where he defeated Roy Nelson via unanious decision. The victory initially put him in line to be Velasquez's first title defense, however the fight was canceled due to injury. Instead of waiting for the champ to recover, Dos Santos opted to take the coaching position on TUF 13 and subsequently risk his title shot.
UFC 131 will take place June 11th from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Lesnar vs. Dos Santos will headline the stacked card, while the co-main event is expected to feature top Heavyweight contender Shane Carwin against a yet to be named opponent.