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Shane Carwin vs. Jon Olav Einemo Confirmed by Dana White [UPDATED]

During an online live chat this afternoon for The Seattle Times to promote Saturday’s UFC Fight Night show, Dana White answered a question that’s been on the minds of many fans recently: Who is Shane Carwin fighting next? Wrote DW:

As for Shane Carwin: Jon Olav Einemo. That’s his next opponent. He’s from Norway. He’s 6 foot 6, and he’s the Abu Dabi submission champion.”

The matchup has not yet been tied to a specific date or event. [Update: MMAJunkie says it's happening at UFC 131, June 11th in Vancouver]. A member of Team Golden Glory, Einemo (6-1) signed with the UFC earlier this month, and last competed in June 2010 when he defeated Kresimir Bogdanovic in Bosnia. (At least according to; none of the major MMA databases have a record of that fight actually happening.) Before that, Einemo’s most recent appearance was an armbar victory over James Thompson in November 2006. The only loss on his record came at the hands of Fabricio Werdum, who outpointed him at PRIDE 31 earlier that year.

Despite Einemo’s grappling credentials — which include a 2003 ADCC title in the 98kg category, and the honor of being the only man to defeat Roger Gracie in ADCC competition — this seems like a brutal mismatch as an MMA contest in the year 2011. We’ll update you when we know more about when this fight is happening.

Some other highlights from today’s live chat:

[Comment From AndrewA]
What top fighter not in the UFC are you interested in signing?
Dana White: Now with the acquisition of Strikeforce, we have them all.

[Comment From SoSickSabre]
Are you going to have trouble with monopoly laws now that you own all of the major mma orginizations?
Dana White: There’s no barrier to entry to get into this. All you need is a bunch of cash and a big set of balls. There’s no barrier to entry to get into this thing. It’s not like we make computer chips or something.

[Comment From jamie]
do u have a ego?
Dana White: Huge. Massive.

[Comment From Chris]
In your opinion who is the best pound for pound fighter in the world
Dana White: Anderson Silva I think is the No. 1, but it’s looking like Jon Jones could be very soon.

[Comment From David]
How much control do fighters have when it comes to matchmaking?
Dana White: Zero.

[Comment From Glenn]
Dana, how much can you max on bench at the moment?
Dana White: 315.

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tallkitchenbags- March 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm
hmmmmm, i did a little googlefu and it looks like RWilson was correct about Carwin. he was named but seems to have pissed clean.
StinkFacer- March 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm
lol all you people saying DW can't bench 315 have obviously never hit a gym. There's 145 pound guys benching 345 at my gym. I weigh 152 and bench 255. DW looks to be at least 200, so it's not some unbelievable number. Not to mention Barnett swears he juiced.
RwilsonR- March 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm
@ stewbot - If it says it on wikipedia, than it's true. Looking forward to a new KO record.
@ tallkitchenbags - Let's not forget...? Sorry, I must have forgotten. When exactly did Carwin test positive for this??? That's news to me. He was named in the scandal of the steroid distributing doctor from 2003, but to my knowledge he hasn't tested positive for anything in the UFC. So he should be right near the top with his lone loss to Brock. I apologize if I missed the story on him testing positive, but I don't know that he did.
Gorgzilla- March 24, 2011 at 8:27 am
Dana sure aint making it easy for the norwegians. I really should get som time off work and fly over the pond to see this one...
tallkitchenbags- March 24, 2011 at 6:37 am
let's not forget carwin tested positive for nandrolone metabolite. i believe you should have to fight your way back into contention for an infraction like that. i'm not saying that this is always the case, but there should be uniform punishment for steroid use. a slap on the wrist and a fine don't cut it if fighters can retain their standing after serving whatever suspension is imposed.
macreadysshack- March 24, 2011 at 1:13 am
6'6" guy that trains at Golden Glory just might surprise the fuck out of everybody. Those guys know how to do it. K1 + MMA and an Abu Dhabi champ who went to a camp known for EVERYTHING but their grappling. Sounds like he's been working some standup to me. Damn, I was just wishing Badr Hari knew jack shit about MMA. He'd be such an awesome shit-head.
stewbot- March 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm
You guys have to see einemos record!!!!!!!!! On wikipedia, it says he got ko'd by shane carwin at 0:05 of the first round on June 11, 2011. Uuuuuuuum, im pretty sure its still March 2011, but im drunk so im not sure. Confirmation?
KrmtDfrog- March 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm
"RwilsonR Says:

Wed, 03/23/11 - 01:27

If Einemo’s stand-up is as bad as most BJJ experts who move into MMA, Carwin is going to kill him. This will likely get Carwin back on his first round KO streak."

To be fair, he's trained at Golden Glory for a couple of years, so it probably won't be balls awful. However, it will almost certainly not be enough to stand up to Carwin.
ReX13- March 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Apparently, Einemo asked for Carwin. So, there's that.
Get Off Me- March 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm
Looks like Dana is coming close to pushing 3 bills on the scale.
Benching 315 when you almost weigh that much is not very jump out of your seat impressive.

Dana's answer to the question of best mma fighter not signed by Zuffa does not need to be proceeded by a question of how big this guys ego is. Eddie Alvarez for starters may have been a better answer.

And I thought Rampage was all like wtf? when got booked with Hammill.
This is a little soft for Carwin, he was in many TOP 5 HW lists.
mmacanada- March 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm
Why does everyone seem retarded today? Not saying carwin won't ko this guy but chances are if he can hang with the boys at golden glory he can hang with carwin. Their striking is on a little bit better a level than shanes.
edhedicus- March 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Ok, so Dana must LOVE Carwin. I realize they are champions (were champs) but Brock comes back from a near death illness, gets Velasquez (even though I still say it was fixed), and Shogun comes back and gets Jones. WTF? Carwin should at least get Schaub or Meathead, or somone the casual fan has heard of.
Goog- March 23, 2011 at 3:30 pm
I've seen Dana do it. It's the max for him, but he gets one. My question would be can Shane still do it? He looked like a 205'er in the last photo I saw.
shawn2323- March 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm
dana white bench press
Romanhelmut- March 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm
Bout time Carwin, where you been at? Also, don't want to sound limp wristed but Dana can bench alot...I have seen the youtube videos.
KidDinomite- March 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm
+1 Fried Taco

Hank Mardukis- March 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm
@ fried taco
Fedor Penn- March 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Carwin by KO Rd.1 and also Dana's weak ass can't put up 315 on bench.
BobArumsPruneJuice- March 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm
DW: "Eenie, meenie, Einemo."
halfbreed23- March 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm
When Carwin loses please link back to this article.
PortugueseBreakfast- March 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm
@ Fried Taco

Cro mag- March 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm
@ stak40

I seriously doubt that DW can bench 315, just like if you ask him how long his cock is hell say 12"
Fried Taco- March 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm
[Comment From BenG]
Dana, how big of a prick are you?
Dana White: Just measure the size of the hole I reamed in your ass.
PortugueseBreakfast- March 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm
i think dana is like that directtv commercial. some other guy lifts the weights and he gets the results
Stak40- March 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm
Anybody else doubt DW can bench 315?