(Yep, that’s the face you make when you realize that you’re now famous enough to get laid without making any effort at all.)
No one is more eager to find out what awaits heavyweight contenders Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez than we are, but from the sound of things some people may be jumping the gun a bit regarding rumors that the two are headed for a clash at UFC 103. Inside Fights says sources have told them that Carwin and Velasquez could be the co-main event for the September event in Dallas, Texas, right alongside Mike Swick vs. Matt Hughes. And yeah, they clarify that the bout has not been agreed to, but Carwin says it hasn’t even been discussed:
“Since we are on the rumor destruction train, no I am not fighting on UFC 103,” said Carwin. “I have not heard from the UFC for some time now. I am without my training partners and coaches as they are on a “camping trip”, and again, I have not heard anything about fighting anyone yet.”
Two questions come to mind here: 1) by putting quotations around “camping trip,” is Carwin trying to suggest that his buddies are really off doing something else that they don’t want their wives to know about? and 2) is it possible that Carwin is just the last to know about what the UFC has planned for him?
The first question might be better left untouched, but the answer to the second is, unlikely. If the UFC did have designs on putting Carwin and Velasquez into a heavyweight contender match less than three months from now, that’d be the kind of thing they’d want to run by Carwin, who recently had surgery on his broken nose and whose training was interrupted by the recovery. If dude is going to be in a co-main event twelve weeks or so from now, he needs to know sooner rather than later.
The chances that we’ll eventually see Carwin vs. Velasquez seem pretty good, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be at UFC 103. Until we get something more official, like one of the fighters at least acknowledging that the fight has been mentioned to him, let’s try and stay calm.