After narrowly escaping defeat against Shane Carwin, Brock Lesnar’s reign as the UFC’s heavyweight champion finally ended tonight with a decisive first round TKO loss to Cain Velasquez.
So where does Lesnar go from here and who should he fight next?
Lesnar wasn’t present at the post-fight press conference but according to Dana White the former champion had been planning to take a break whether he won or lost this evening’s main event bout at UFC 121.
Having said that White says he believes Lesnar’s competitive drive will make him return to the octagon sooner rather than later.
On the evidence of this and his last fight Lesnar would do well to take extra time to work on his striking, but when he does return, who will his next fight be against?
The winner of UFC 125’s co-main event between Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day is an obvious choice. Lesnar and Carwin in particular have unfinished business after the close encounter they had at UFC 116.
A rubber match with Frank Mir is the other most likely option and should generate considerable interest given their past history and dislike for each other.
I think they may be tempted to go with the latter option since Mir is currently without an opponent and based on their previous fights he would present the easier route to get their biggest pay-per-view draw back to winning ways as quickly as possible.