by MMAWeekly.com
Undefeated fighter Shane Carwin (7-0) faces Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Sherman Pendergarst (10-7) on Dec. 1 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colo. for the vacant Ring of Fire heavyweight championship.

The fight is one of the feature bouts of a 12-bout MMA event, which features three title fights. In addition to the heavyweight title contest, Eliot Marshall will defend his light heavyweight belt against “The Ultimate Fighter” veteran Rob MacDonald. Flyweight champion Christian Allen will also defend his title.

“I am taking this fight very seriously,” said Carwin, who has begun training with Christian Allen, UFC veteran Nate Marquardt, and trainer Trevor Wittman. “I am extremely excited for the chance to fight for the Ring of Fire belt and to face a UFC veteran at the same time.

“I think Sherman could be my toughest opponent yet, so I have really stepped up my training. I know he comes from a good camp now, but I train with the best guys in Colorado.”

Pendergarst said of the fight, “I think it’s going to be a good fight. He’s a wrestler; I’m a wrestler. He’s big for a heavyweight; I’m big for a heavyweight. Our fighting style is the same so I think it is going to come down to who has the better stand up skills. I think my striking is better so I wouldn’t be surprised if I end it by K.O.”