by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The heavyweights are coming to California.
Brock Lesnar is heading back to action in October as the UFC heavyweight champion and top ranked fighter in the division will defend his belt against top contender Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, which is rumored to take place at the Honda Center, in Anaheim, CA.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fighter late Friday evening, and was first reported to MMAFighting.com by UFC president Dana White.
At 5-1 in his pro career, Brock Lesnar has made a meteoric rise to the top of the heavyweight division, and did so while spending a year away from the sport dealing with a serious case of diverticulitis.
The former University of Minnesota wrestler came back just earlier this month and defending his belt against Shane Carwin, in one of the most impressive performances of his career. After a disastrous first round that saw Carwin pummel the champion, Lesnar battled back to submit the previously undefeated fighter in the second.
Before the fight event started, Lensar knew who was waiting on the horizon for him.
Cain Velasquez (8-0) has been a virtual wrecking machine in his UFC career to this point. Blasting through opponents like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell, Velasquez has shown tremendous improvements in every fight, and hopes to prove he is the best in the world come October.
The fight between Lensar and Velasquez was rumored to go down on the UFC 119 card in September, but Lesnar’s wife had a baby on the way, and the champion wanted to take some time to be with his family following his last fight.
Now it appears the West Coast will get the impact of the heavyweight title fight, as Lesnar and Velasquez are on a collision course on October 23 in Anaheim.