Lesnar's withdrawal from the main event of UFC
131 has created a string of changes to the June 11 card.
As announced yesterday, Junior dos
Santos will now meet Shane
Carwin in the main event at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada. Carwin was originally supposed to meet grappling
wizard Jon Olav
Einemo, but instead, the debuting Norwegian will now meet
Sengoku veteran Dave Herman
at the event. Herman was originally scheduled to lock horns with
Beltran in his UFC debut, but Beltran will now instead face
Rosa. According to the UFC's announcement, verbal agreements
are in place for the bouts.
UFC 131, which marks the promotion's second trip to Vancouver, will
also feature the featherweight debut of two-time lightweight title
Florian, as “Ken-Flo” squares off with
Nova UniÃ£o fighter Diego
A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Einemo (Pictured) is a former
ADCC world champion in his weight division. The
Golden Glory fighter began his pro MMA career in 2000, rattling
off five-straight victories before running into Fabricio
Werdum at Pride 31 in 2006. Though Einemo returned to
competition later that year to submit James
Thompson, the 35-year-old has not fought since.
By contrast, Herman, 26, just starting fighting in 2006. “Pee-Wee”
began his career an impressive 15-0 before tasting defeat for the
first time. The heavyweight has won five of his last six bouts,
with his only loss in that span coming by disqualification for an
illegal knee delivered to Rameau
Thierry Sokoudjou in 2010. Most recently, Herman outpointed
Nakao at “Soul of Fight” on Dec. 30.
Beltran comes off back-to-back defeats heading into UFC 131 After
starting 2010 with three-straight wins, “The Mexicutioner” fell to
Mitrione to close out the year. The 29-year-old started 2011
with a defeat as well, suffering a unanimous decision loss at the
hands of Patrick
Barry in January.
A veteran of Strikeforce
Bellator competition, Rosa has won his last four bouts. Most
recently, the 27-year-old bested Abe Wagner on
a national stage, choking out the former “Ultimate Fighter 10”
contestant at Titan Fighting Championship 17 on March 25.