UFC 121: Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez booked for Oct. 23 in Anaheim


Brock Lesnar may have overcome one undefeated heavyweight prospect by submitting Shane Carwin at UFC 116, but he's got another already locked and loaded for his next title defense as Cain Velasquez has agreed to face him in the main event of UFC 121 on Oct. 23 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Showdown Joe Ferraro confirmed the rumored match-up late last night.

Lesnar (5-1) suffered a lopsided beatdown in the opening round of his July 3 title unification bout against Carwin, coming close to a technical knockout stoppage on several occasions. The former WWE star survived the blitzkrieg, shook off the cobwebs and fought back to secure an arm-triangle choke and "Submission of the Night" with a second round tap.

Now Velasquez (8-0) will try to finish the job "The Engineer" started.

Fresh off a UFC 110 drubbing of MMA elder statesman Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira back on Feb. 21, Velasquez had long been considered to be the next in line for a chance to rule the 265-pound weight class.

Then a pesky Brazilian named Junior dos Santos had to go and complicate things by making a mockery of the heavyweight division with a torrid 5-0 run including five straight finishes.

No matter.

Despite arguments in favor of "Cigano," the Zuffa brass already had a long term plan for Velasquez, carefully grooming him for royalty ever since his UFC 83 debut back in April 2008.

And for good reason.

In addition to his perfect record, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) star has won all six of his Octagon fights, finishing five of them by way of technical knockout (punches).

His resume thus far has been impressive, but then again, so was Carwin's.

Velasquez has been riding the bench since UFC 110 but has remained active at AKA while his team mates prepare for upcoming fights. Now it's his turn.

Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez: Who ya' got?

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