by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Brock Lesnar will look to return to action in July against new interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin. Waiting in the shadows for the winner of that fight will be Cain Velasquez, who will likely sit and wait for his title shot until after the unification bout this summer.
UFC president Dana White commented on the status of the next two contenders in the heavyweight division on Saturday night after UFC 111 ended in Newark, N.J.
To hear White tell it, Velasquez has already done enough to fight for the title and now it’s just a matter of waiting for one champion to stand tall. Then he’ll get his shot.
“Cain’s waiting in the wings now,” White said. “Cain is probably going to wait for the next shot.”
Velasquez is coming off a February knockout of former heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and the former All-American wrestler is still undefeated in his professional fight career.
The other top contender in the division is Brazilian wrecking machine Junior Dos Santos, who just last weekend stopped countryman Gabriel Gonzaga in Denver. Dos Santos is still undefeated in the UFC, but will have to fight at least one more time before he enters title contention.
“Dos Santos will not,” White said when talking about if the Brazilian will wait for a title shot like Velasquez. “Dos Santos will fight again.”
The other person in this heavyweight picture that has to be mentioned is former champion Frank Mir, who lost by knockout to Shane Carwin on Saturday night. White admitted that he hadn’t talked to Mir since the fight ended, and wasn’t sure what was next for him.
“I don’t know the answer to that question,” White said about Mir. “We’ll see.”
At least one contender got the answer he was looking for and now Cain Velasquez just has to play the waiting game for his shot to come, most likely later this year.