Shane Carwin reacts to replacing Brock Lesnar, fighting Junior dos Santos at UFC 131Posted on May 12, 2011, 11:01 PM by Joey Santosus
Nearly a year after his failed attempt at dethroning then-champ Brock Lesnar at UFC 116, top Heavyweight contender Shane Carwin will step into the cage for the first time since when he faces Brazilian slugger Junior dos Santos in next month's UFC 131 headlining bout. Carwin, originally scheduled to welcome newcomer Jon Olav Einemo to the promotion in the co-main event, was tapped as a replacement when Lesnar announced earlier today that a recurrence of diverticulitis would prevent him from competing in the number one contender bout. Its an opportunity that provides Carwin with a rather favorable end to an otherwise rocky road back to the octagon.
Upon receiving the news, the former Interim Heavyweight Champion took to his official website, Shane-Carwin.com, to address the development and wish Lesnar well in his recovery:
"I was training and my phone was blowing up so I looked over and saw some missed calls from Dana and Joe Silva. I reached out to my manager to see what was going on and he informed me that we are taking Lesnar's spot for 131. Junior is a serious fight and not the type of fight that you would normally take on a 30 day notice, but I have a dream to chase and I do not have a lot of time to chase it. This is an opportunity to put myself in contention for the title. I know my coaches will have me ready, so I have everything to gain. My manager said 'This is where you belong' and I am going to make sure I do everything I can to prove him right. I hope Brock is able to recover. I look forward to facing him again one day."
It has been confirmed by multiple sources, including Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, that the match-up will, indeed, remain a number one contender bout: