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UFC 116 Preview: Lesnar vs. Carwin

UFC 116 will feature two of the biggest and most powerful men in mixed martial arts going to war as heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar faces interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin to unify the UFC heavyweight title. This will no doubt be the biggest UFC event of the year and the main event has major implications across MMA. With Fabricio Werdum upsetting consensus #1 heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko last weekend, the winner at UFC 116 will become the number one heavyweight in the world.

Originally, Lesnar and Carwin were set to face off at UFC 106 but Lesnar had to withdraw to recover from intestinal surgery. Turned out Lesnar had a bad case of diverticulitis and he needed a hole closed in his intestine. During Lesnar’s absence, Shane Carwin defeated Frank Mir at UFC 111 for the interim title.

Coming into this fight, Lesnar, 32, is 4-1 in his MMA career (3-1 in the UFC – notable wins: Frank Mir, Randy Couture). He has shown incredible strength and near-impossible quickness and explosiveness for his size in his wrestling, top-control and ground-and-pound. Lesnar was a Division I national champion in wrestling for the University of Minnesota and has transitioned those skills very well into MMA. Since entering the sport, he has built up a strong training camp around him, hiring some of the best trainers and sparring partners in the business with the money he earned in the WWE.

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Video: Brock Lesnar’s 2nd Round TKO of Frank Mir at UFC 100

The fans on hand at the Mandalay Bay were chanting for referee Herb Dean to stand Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir up once they hit the canvas. He never did because Lesnar started going to work after fighting for position for about 20 seconds. And once Lesnar got rolling, he was able to squirt some punches on Mir and then he started bouncing his head off the canvas like a tether ball. Check out the Brock Lesnar/Frank Mir video from UFC 100. This is entire second round of their fight:

After the fight, Lesnar got off a classic blast on Mir, who beat Brock in his MMA debut. “Frank Mir had a horseshoe up his ass, I told him that a year ago,” Lesnar said shortly after winning. “I pulled that SOB out and beat him over the head with it.” Any wonder why he’s so hated? That dude’s a monster.