by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Beyond the UFC heavyweight title and likely recognition as the top heavyweight, the winner of Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin have another prize waiting after they fight, but it’s not nearly as nice as a gold belt or worldwide adulation.
It’s 8-0 wrecking machine Cain Velasquez, who will get the next title shot after Lesnar and Carwin battle it out, and the fight will happen sooner rather than later.
Velasquez’s status as the next contender has been known for some time, but now it appears that if the winner of Lesnar and Carwin is healthy after their fight Saturday night, a second heavyweight title fight could happen in the coming months.
“Probably as soon as possible,” UFC President Dana White said about the timing for Velasquez’s title shot. “Cain’s been waiting a long time. As long as one of these guys comes out healthy.”
It’s no easy road after Velasquez either as White has also said that the upcoming fight in August between Junior Dos Santos and Roy Nelson will also hold title implications. The winner of that fight will be the next contender to the throne.
“Realistically, the heavyweight division’s never been more stacked. This is a great fight between two real heavyweights on Saturday night, and whoever wins, Cain Velasquez is waiting in the wings to fight the winner,” said White.
“Then whoever wins that fight, we’ve got (Junior) Dos Santos and ‘Big Country’ (Roy Nelson) fighting, the winner of that fight’s waiting for the next guy.”
Dos Santos has been a rising star ever since his first-round flattening of Fabricio Werdum in his UFC debut and Nelson was the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show with several big wins prior to his UFC tenure. Both have become viable contenders.
Velasquez will be in attendance at the fights on Saturday night, and will watch with great interest, ready to take on the winner as soon as possible.