Shane Carwin will return in June against Jon Olav Einemo. | File
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
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
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
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