After months of speculation and various rumored opponents, Shane Carwin finally has his next bout scheduled. The former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion will take on jiu-jitsu black belt Jon Olav Einemo at UFC 131
Dana White made the announcement during a live chat with The Seattle Times.
Carwin had been steamrolling everyone in his way leading up to his UFC 116 bout with then UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. After a dominating first round that saw Carwin rock and nearly finish Lesnar, Carwin drastically slowed down in the second round and was eventually taken down and tapped out by Lesnar. Carwin was originally scheduled to return to action at UFC 125 against Roy Nelson but neck surgery forced him off the card. After successful surgery, Carwin returned to training on January 4.
Einemo hasn’t been seen in MMA since November 2006, where he submitted James Thompson. His most notable MMA fight was a PRIDE 31 bout against Fabricio Werdum, where he lost by unanimous decision. Einemo won the 2003 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, submitting Alexandre Ferreira in the 88-98 kg weight class finals. Einemo trains with Team Golden Glory and is the only man to defeat Roger Gracie in ADCC competition He was signed by UFC on March 7.
UFC 131 is scheduled for June 11, 2011 at the Rogers Center in Vancouver, Canada. The event will be headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Ultimate Fighter 13 coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos.