Shane Carwin will return in June against Jon Olav Einemo. | File Photo/Sherdog.com


Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin will return to the cage at UFC 131, as the Grudge Training Center product squares off with 2003 ADCC submission wrestling champion Jon Olav Einemo.

UFC president Dana White announced the pairing Wednesday during a live chat with The Seattle Times.

UFC 131 goes down June 11 from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, and will be headlined by pivotal heavyweight attraction pitting former champion Brock Lesnar against the heavy-handed Junior dos Santos.

Carwin has not competed since a July 2010 loss to Lesnar at UFC 116. Though Carwin floored the former WWE star in the opening frame, he could not seal the deal, and the heavyweight title slipped through his grasp when his hulking foe submitted him with an arm-triangle choke in the following round.

Prior to that defeat, the 36-year-old had rattled off 12 consecutive victories with no losses. Carwin was supposed to return to action against Roy Nelson at UFC 125 in January, but the heavyweight elected to undergo neck surgery instead, sidelining him for the first half of 2011.

Einemo is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and holds six of his seven career victories by submission. The only loss of Einemo's career came at the hands of Fabricio Werdum at Pride 31 in 2006. However, he is most notable for besting grappling ace Roger Gracie at the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in 2003, where the Oslo native won the under-218 pound division.

The Norwegian most recently bested another Pride veteran in James Thompson in November 2006 before taking time off due to injuries. Einemo, 35, has only been to the scorecards once in his career and has finished each of his fallen foes inside the first round.

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