Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently considered extending its pay-per-view (PPV) main events to five rounds, even if no title is at stake.
Not that it would matter at UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin."
And 23 of their 25 fights have ended in the opening frame.
So it should come as no surprise when "The Engineer" predicts "a real treat" for UFC fans when he throws leather against "Cigano" on June 11 in Vancouver. Carwin told the press during yesterday's media conference call that he's ready to get back into the heavyweight title picture starting with a knockout a week from Saturday:
"I was going against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champ, and was preparing for him taking me down and trying to go to the ground, to Dos Santos, who knocks people out. The strategy has changed, but the camp has stayed the same. Let's face it, Dos Santos and I got to where we're at by knocking people out on our feet. I think we're both explosive fighters and I think the fans are going to have a real treat come UFC 131 when it comes to that main event knowing that both guys have knockout power in their hands. This is a super exciting time for me. You get very few opportunities like this in life, and I get to go in there and make the most of it."
The former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion was at the border of the promised land until he punched himself into a state of suspended animation against then-division champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 last July.
The big man dominated the first round before his massive muscles could no longer get the oxygen needed to operate properly and gave way. He vowed to return stronger and better than ever, which he was initially set to do at UFC 125 against Roy Nelson.
However, "The Engineer" went under the knife to repair an ailing neck, and a now-healthy Carwin was subsequently re-booked to welcome heavyweight submission specialist Jon Olav Einemo to the Octagon for the first time ever on the main card of the UFC 131 pay-per-view.
That is, until his manager informed him that event headliner Brock Lesnar had been submitted by diverticulitis (again) and they needed Carwin to take his place.
Will he redeem himself against Junior dos Santos and earn a crack at heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in October? Or repeat himself and earn a crack at TBA on a future edition of Spike TV "Prelims?"
And does anyone think there is any chance this thing goes to the ground -- or lasts more than one round?