UFC 116 on Saturday night in Las Vegas is headlined by a superb matchup in the heavyweight division as champion Brock Lesnar battles interim champion Shane Carwin. It will be a battle of brute force that should be extremely entertaining for as long as it lasts. Lesnar has bullied his way through all of his opponents so far but Carwin has the power to come right back at Lesnar.
Lesnar is a -170 favorite at SBG Global.
Lesnar is favored in UFC odds but Carwin is very capable of winning this fight. He has the power to knock Lesnar out and not many fighters in the UFC can say that. None of the 12 opponents to fight Carwin has ever made it out of the first round. Lesnar is aware of Carwin’s power and has been training to avoid it. Lesnar has not fought since July of last year because of a serious illness. If the fight was going to be a long one that might be a concern but with the power of these two fighters the bout should end early.
There are five fights on the main card for Saturday night. In addition to the championship bout between Carwin and Lesnar, it will be Yoshihiro Akiyama battling Chris Leben, Matt Brown against Chris Lytle, Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski and Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos. The fight between Akiyama and Leben is considered a co-feature but in realty it is not since Carwin vs. Lesnar is a standout fight. Leben wasn’t even supposed to be in this bout against Akiyama but Wanderlei Silva got hurt and had to pull out. Akiyama has said he doesn’t really want to be at UFC 116 at all since he can’t fight Silva but money talks so he will be there. A more entertaining bout might be the one between Brown and Lytle. They both love to slug it out so this fight could easily get Fight of the Night honors. The bout between Bonnar and Soszynski is a rematch from UFC 110 betting odds when Bonnar lost due to a cut.
The preliminary card begins with two fights televised on Spike TV. It is Brendan Schaub against Chris Tuchscherer and Ricardo Romero taking on Seth Petruzelli. The other four bouts on the preliminary card have Goran Reljic vs. Kendall Grove, Gerald Harris vs. Dave Branch, Daniel Roberts vs. Forrest Petz and Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola.