Lesnar vs. Carwin in UFC 116

by Dirty on July 3, 2010

UFC action is back in Las Vegas Saturday night for the heavyweight fight that everyone has been waiting for. Here are the latest odds and analysis from BroburySports.com.

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The main event is the Heavyweight Championship reunification bout between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. Lesnar is a -150 favorite, with Carwin at +120.

Lesnar (4-1) turns 33-years-old in a couple of weeks. He’s a former college wrestling champion and ‘pro wrestler,’ who has made the seamless transition to MMA.

Lesnar won the Heavyweight Championship by beating 45-year-old Randy Couture in 2008. He then beat Frank Mir (TKO Punches) last July; getting revenge for a 2008 loss after the experienced Mir got him in a kneebar and forced a submission.

The 35-year-old Carwin (12-0) is also a former college wrestler. He won the interim heavyweight championship with a knockout of Mir this past March. It was by far the longest fight of his career at 3:48.

Carwin has enough size at 6-foot-2, 265 pounds not to be overpowered by Lesnar (6-foot-3, now down to 265 pounds). Carwin has tremendous punching power in addition to his wrestling skills. He was scheduled to fight Lesnar last November, but Lesnar pulled out with what ultimately was diagnosed as diverticulitis.

No one knows if the year layoff with effect Lesnar. He‘s been working on his stand-up skills and he’ll need them against Carwin, who’s also ranked as a top-5 heavyweight by most polls.

This fight takes on added significance after the shocking loss last week of Fedor Emelianenko to Fabricio Werdum. Emelianenko hadn’t lost since 2000 and the Strikeforce fighter was universally considered the world’s top heavyweight.

In other news, Wanderlei Silva had to back out of his middleweight fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1-0) due to fractured ribs. That was going to be the co-main event. Chris Leben (20-6) has agreed to step in, and it’s still going to be a good one even though he’s the solid underdog.

UFC 116 Odds

Brock Lesnar (-145) vs. Shane Carwin

Yoshihiro Akiyama (-205) vs. Chris Leben

Krzysztof Soszynski (-240) vs. Stephan Bonnar

Brendan Schaub (-295) vs. Chris Tuchscherer

Goran Reljic (-155) Kendall Grove

Chris Lytle (-215) vs. Matt Brown

George Sotiropoulos (-170) vs. Kurt Pellegrino

Ricardo Romero (-185) vs. Seth Petruzelli

Gerald Harris (-270) vs. Dave Branch

Daniel Roberts (-185) vs. Forrest Petz

Karlos Vemola (-170) vs. Jon Madsen

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