(They don’t like smiling. Put that in your little notebook.)
Dana White confirmed with MMAFighting.com over the weekend that Brock Lesnar‘s expected title defense against Cain Velasquez will come at UFC 121, slated for October 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The meeting will come nearly four months after Lesnar’s comeback submission win over Shane Carwin at UFC 116, and eight months after Velasquez stormed through Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 110.
Though betting odds for the fight opened with Lesnar as a minor favorite (-125 to Cain’s -105), Lesnar has already moved as high as -160, due to money flooding in on the champ. At this point, the only other matchup reported for UFC 121 is a lightweight scrap between Sam Stout and Paul Taylor. In other booking news…
— Matt Serra and Chris Lytle will meet at UFC 119 (September 25th, Indianapolis) in a rematch of their TUF 4 Finale fight, which Serra won by split decision after three dull rounds of wall-and-stall. Serra is coming off his first-round knockout of Frank Trigg at UFC 109, while Lytle has won three consecutive matches against Kevin Burns, Brian Foster, and Matt Brown.
— After getting creamed by UFC newcomer Travis Browne at the TUF 11 Finale, James McSweeney will make a wise drop to light-heavyweight and take on Tom Blackledge, another UFC first-timer, at UFC 120 in London. Blackledge is a Wolfslair member who appeared as part of Quinton Jackson‘s coaching staff on TUF 10.