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Report: Dos Santos to Fight for UFC Interim Heavyweight Strap; The Question is, Will it Be Against Lesnar or Carwin?

("Blackhouse Brazilian Iced Tea? Those foolish MMA fans will buy anything.")

While on Larry Pepe’s Pro MMA Radio show yesterday, Yahoo! Sports MMA writer Kevin Iole threw out a crumb likely fed to him by Dana White that Junior Dos Santos will not sit around waiting for UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez to heal from his torn rotator cuff, but will instead face a yet-to-be-named opponent for the UFC’s popular interim heavyweight strap.

"[Dos Santos] is going to fight for an interim title. They just have to find a contender to fight him. So for that one, I don’t think he should have to wait because he was going to fight for a championship. The UFC will declare the winner of Dos Santos versus "X" the interim champion, so it is his championship fight. He will go down in history if he wins that fight; even if he loses subsequently to Cain on the way back, he’ll be known as a former UFC heavyweight champion, just like Frank Mir‘s second reign," Iole explained. "When Shane Carwin beat Mir he became the interim champion, so there were guys that even though the belt was out, they were still recognized as a champion. I think that situation is very simple. Dos Santos should fight, he will fight, they’ll find a heavyweight contender he’ll fight for the interim championship while Cain heals and that will be that. Just like [the runner up in the] Miss America [pageant], he’ll assume the duties [of the champion] while the champion is healing."

The question is, who is the most logical contender to face Dos Santos?

The two fighters who fit the bill are Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, both of whom are coming off of losses in their last fights, which doesn’t help either of them plead his case for a title shot, but when you go down the UFC’s heavyweight roster, it’s clear that they are the two best opponents for Dos Santos at the moment.

An intriguing twist would see Carwin, who has begun light training since undergoing back surgery late last year and says he’ll be ready to fight by June, and Brock Lesnar coach opposite each other on next season of The Ultimate Fighter and the winning coach earn the shot at Dos Santos. Considering that Iole stated earlier in the show that Middle Earth fighters Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will likely get the coaching nod, we won’t get our hopes up, but THAT would be TV worth watching.

*UPDATE: It’s looking like it might be Carwin. "The Engineer" revealed in a blog post today that he was slated to face Roy Nelson at UFC 130 and that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva called to inform him last week that they instead needed him to headline UFC 131 in Vancouver against a yet-to-be-named opponent. Chances are it’s going to be JDS.

Here’s Carwin’s take on the situation:

"So last week we got the call from Joe Silva asking if we would consider fighting Nelson at UFC 130. We accepted the match up and UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva said that it was 90% a go. The next day we were informed that they went a different direction for Nelson and that they want me to fight someone at UFC 131 in Vancouver. I have once again rapidly accepted the date.

As of this blog no opponent has been mentioned. Other than the MMAjunkie story I have not heard anymore about my June 11th return. I am pumped to be aboe to fight in Canada. The international fans are so pumped for the shows and if you have never been to B.C. I am certain BC stands for Beautiful Country.

I am training hard and working on fixing the issues I ran into during the Lesnar fight. I will be ready and I hope that I am indeed fighting in June in B.C..

For now I am just a fighter training and waiting. I will keep you all posted as soon as I hear something that I can announce."  

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ccman- January 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm
Hellz yessssssss.

Titles on hold are whats bullshit. if the champ can not fight then interm the damn thing. plus we keep hearing a torn rotator could effectively end Cains career, so exactly how long does it get shelved? not a second past 131 apparently.
i still think Shad should be made to fight for an interm belt also.... if you can drag him outta the gay bars long enough.
halfbreed23- January 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm
It really should be Brock Lesnar. I'm sure they could lure him back with a Title shot. I'd absolutely love to watch him get crushed again.
ArmFarmer- January 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm
I fucking hate tuf. They put championship titles on hold for months so that they can have a house full of scrubs put on crappy fights that no one really cares about. I would trade an entire season of tuf plus the finale for one title fight. Easily.

I'm not against the show, but honestly it can't be that hard to find two guys with a built in grudge that aren't in line for a title fight... besides there have been several times when the coaches didn't even end up fighting, or it was prolonged so long that no one gave a shit by the time it came. Too much risk for a reality show that isn't even any good anymore.
Canadian Chronic- January 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Jeez, is this the comments section for War Machines' big house blog? Gettin cornholed and soldiering on is sumpin I expect from that nutter
uzitotinbaby- January 11, 2011 at 11:50 am
Why don't they just scrap the heavyweight belt. Apparently with all the interim belts they create it means shit.
RSparrow- January 11, 2011 at 11:47 am
Lmao, straight off the porn site "Daddy's worst nightmare"

Don't ask me how I know that's a real site.
RwilsonR- January 11, 2011 at 11:39 am
@ RSparrow - Just as a precaution - don't ask your wives or girlfriends that question unless you are fully prepared for the answer.
ArmFarmer- January 11, 2011 at 11:34 am
Lesnar/Carwin coaching on tuf? Brilliant idea.. that way while the hw title is on hold, we can take it a step further and put the interim hw belt on hold too while we wait for months of hype, filming, weekly episodes, finale and more hype until they actually fight. It could set a new ufc record when they have Schaub and Struve duke it out for the interim heavyweight interim title.. while we wait for the interim title fight that's on hold for a tv show, and by the time all that's done Cain might not even have retired yet, and then he can fight.. one of those guys.. maybe..

or we could just realize that's a fucking stupid idea and stop letting a crappy tv show ruin the legitimacey of the sport... yeah let's go with that idea instead.
RearNakedSpoon- January 11, 2011 at 11:32 am
Judging by Edgar's last fight he would be better suited to take on the striking skills of JDS than Brock.
El Guapo- January 11, 2011 at 11:31 am
So when's the Strikeforce tourney start? (SILENCE) You know, the heavyweight tourney with the title at stake?(MORE SILENCE) Fedor, Overeem and Werdum are in it??(CRICKETS CHIRPING) Ohhhhh, right, Strikeforce sucks. Nevermind.

And B.C. stands for Buddha, of the Canadian variety. At least that's what my dea.. DOCTOR! That's what my doctor tells me. What is this, 20 questions? He's a doctor, alright. Interview's over!!
RSparrow- January 11, 2011 at 11:30 am
"Have you ever been gangbanged by a pack of wild black men with thick cocks and full nuts?"

Everyone should ask that to at least ONE person today.

Goog- January 11, 2011 at 11:29 am
*UPDATE: Carwin's roid stash has been replenished and he can go back to being a hypocrite as soon as possible.
PurpleDickMeat- January 11, 2011 at 11:17 am
Sounds like an excuse to me, RwilsonR. Have you ever been gangbanged by a pack of wild black men with thick cocks and full nuts? Many men do this daily.... even hourly. Chafed cheeks and ravished assholes, but still these proud men move on with their sphincters whistling in the wind ready for their next authorized raping. It may suck for mma fans to have to wait for one of our "epic" fights but who can fathom a lifetime of constant anal leakage and raw sores in your anal cavity from constant use. Not to mention public embarassment at the local Walmart picking up man sized diapers and astroglide. That's what truly makes an American hero. So maybe these fighters should just literally fight through their pains and ailments because isn't that how it use to be anyway?
fACE7biter- January 11, 2011 at 11:01 am
No way its Lesnar or Carwin, both guys didn't just lose their last fight, they went down in flames. Lesnar showed he has pedestrian stand up(kind of a problem if you're fighting Junior no?), and Carwin showed he may not be able to fight past round 1 and a half. Nelson is coming off a loss to JDS, and Mir has been going back and forth between Ws and Ls as of late, with his last win being an embarrassing snoozer with Cro Cop.

The only heavyweight right now who can even remotely claim to be a contender is Brendan Schaub. Dude is riding the highest right now in this poor heavyweight climate. And besides, no one cares if he fights Cro Cop. Both guys are bangers with BJJ, so it would be a good fight.
RSparrow- January 11, 2011 at 10:56 am
Brocks buried under the snow right now, covered in elk piss with a pocket full of Cairbou jerkey.

Coach of the Ultimate Fighter? Fighting for a "Fake belt"?

RwilsonR- January 11, 2011 at 10:20 am
^^^ Not to make excuses for fighters, destinationblood, but training like they train and weighing 250+lbs will really wear on your body. Injuries are almost a certainty. It sucks for us fans, but it is a reality.
destinationblood- January 11, 2011 at 10:03 am
When was the last time there was a UFC heavyweight champ who didnt go on hiatus and then there was a interim champ?....I feel like it happens all the time in this division....
Fried Taco- January 11, 2011 at 9:51 am
I thought the runner-up only became Miss America when revealing photos of the winner are released on the internet. And I really don't want to see those photos of Mr. Brown Pride.
Bill Jackson- January 11, 2011 at 9:48 am
Strikeforce heavyweights looking pretty good right now.
SumDumGuy- January 11, 2011 at 9:43 am
I wonder if Duffe is available.
Null Kuhl- January 11, 2011 at 9:40 am
"Middle Earth fighters"? Lame. Cruz and Faber would be a MUCH more interesting fight than Lesnar v Carwin II. Here's my prediction if Lesnar and Carwin coach the show: Carwin comes out strong in the first episode and gasses in the second.
Jugger- January 11, 2011 at 9:37 am
Chad Griggs.