“Professional Wrestling” – Lesnar vs. Carwin

July 1, 2010 by  
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Lesnar-Carwin

The main event for Saturday’s UFC 116 promises to feature an epic battle of big men: Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin. It also showcases the success of wrestlers in the UFC and reinforces the notion that UFC has become the de facto “real pro wrestling”.

Brock Lesnar was the 2000 NCAA Division I champion, wrestling for the University of Minnesota. He compiled a 106-5 overall collegiate record, losing only three times at the DI level (he wrestled his first 2 years for Bismarck State College, where he was a two-time NCJAA All-American). In 1999, he lost a tight match in the finals to eventual world champion (and current New England Patriot) Stephen Neal. In 2000, Lesnar beat Wes Hand (Iowa) in overtime to claim his NCAA title.

Shane Carwin’s career was impressive in its own right. Wrestling for Western State College (Gunnison, CO), Carwin was a three-time DII All-American and the 1999 NCAA DII National Champion. He was a finalist both his freshman & sophomore years, losing by fall in 1997 to Ryan Resel of South Dakota State. He avenged that loss his senior year, beating two-time champ Resel 5-1 in the finals to capture the heavyweight title.

Lesnar and Carwin were supposed to fight last November, but the fight was scratched when Lesnar contracted a serious intestinal illness. Carwin instead faced Frank Mir this past March, knocking him out and setting the stage for Saturday’s battle.

On a side note, Saturday’s card also features a couple of local connections. Maui’s Kendall Grove (who wrestled for Baldwin) will face Goran Reljic in a preliminary match, and Chris Leben is stepping in on two-week’s notice to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama in the co-main event.

Should be a great UFC weekend!

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