UFC 116 is now official for Saturday, 3rd July in Las Vegas and it looks set to be a blockbuster event considering that it features the return of the UFC’s heavyweight champion.
During his battle with the diverticulitis illness there were fears that Brock Lesnar may never compete again so it’s remarkable to see that a few months later he is back 100% healthy and finally ready to defend his title against No.1 contender Shane Carwin who handily dispensed with Frank Mir to earn the interim belt in his last octagon outing.
Also confirmed for the UFC 116 fight card is Wanderlei Silva who picked up a much needed win against Michael Bisping in his first fight at middleweight and now looks to establish himself further in the division with a victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama who defeated Alan Belcher in his UFC debut last year.
Update: After Silva fractured his ribs in training, Chris Leben has now stepped in as a late replacement to face Akiyama.
A rematch between Krzysztof Soszynski and Stephan Bonnar is also slated after their last vicious encounter at UFC 110 in Australia was stopped in controversial fashion in the final round due to a cut. Bonnar was handed a loss, his third in a row, even though it was later proven to be due to a clash of heads.
A potential ‘Fight Of The Night’ welterweight clash between Chris Lytle and Matt Brown and an intriguing match-up between talented lightweight grapplers George Sotiropoulos and Kurt Pellegrino rounds of the main card.
Meanwhile the undercard showcases a number of former participants of The Ultimate Fighter show. Season 10 finalist Brendan Schaub steps into the cage with Chris Tuchscherer, while TUF season 3 winner Kendall Grove take on Goran Reljic, season 4 finalist Chris Lytle battle with series 7’s Matt Brown, and season 10’s Jon Madsen is paired with Karlos Vemola.
Additional bouts are expected to be announced for the event in the coming weeks as we get closer to the event.
UFC 116 Fight Card:
- Brock Lesnar Vs Shane Carwin (Heavyweight Title Fight)
- Chris Leben Vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
- Krzysztoff Soszynski Vs Stephan Bonnar
- Chris Lytle Vs Matt Brown
- George Sotiropoulos Vs Kurt Pellegrino
- Brendan Schaub Vs Chris Tuchscherer
- Kendall Grove Vs Goran Reljic
- Jon Madsen Vs Karlos Vemola
- Seth Petruzelli Vs Ricardo Romero
- Gerald Harris Vs Dave Branch
- Daniel Roberts Vs Forrest Petz