Two of the UFC heavyweight division’s fastest and brightest rising stars will meet at the UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Oct., 24, 2009. Big Shane Carwin (11-0), under the tutelage of Greg Jackson, will face American Kickboxing Academy’s Cain Velasquez (6-0).
PRO MMA (promma.info) received word today that Carwin’s bout agreement has been signed and the fight is a go.
Both fighters are undefeated heading into this bout. Carwin is coming off a tremendous come-from-behind victory against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 96 back in March.
Carwin was rocked early in round one with a punch, but his wrestling instinct took over, he clinched with Gonzaga, held on long enough to regain his senses, then landed a short punch that dropped Napao to the canvas. Carwin pounced and finished off the Brazilian in just over a minute into the bout, making Gonzaga his eleventh first round victim in just as many fights.
Velasquez won a unanimous decision against Cheick Kongo at UFC 99 last month. Velasquez took Kongo down numerous times but had trouble with the Frenchman while standing. Kongo defended much of the punishment while on the ground and prevented the talented wrestler from finishing him.
Based off the fight with Kongo, Velasquez is going to have his hands full with Carwin. Kongo is nowhere near the wrestler Velasquez is and that is why the AKA standout was able to put him on his back and control him.
Velasquez will not have that enormous wrestling advantage when he faces Carwin. And if Carwin connects with one of those lunch boxes he calls fists, it could be a short night for the “Brown Pride” poster boy.
Other bouts tentatively scheduled for UFC 104 include a headliner between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer, Patrick Barry vs. Antoni Hardonk, and Razak Al-Hassan vs. Kyle Kingsbury.
The UFC has still yet to officially announce any of these bouts.
By: Jack Bratcher