Thursday, 24 March 2011 08:55
Shane Carwin's back surgery was a success and he is now ready once again to step inside the Octagon and throw down. There has been a lot of speculation as to who he'd fight, but now the question has been answered. Jon Olav Einemo will face Shane Carwin at UFC 131, headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos.
If you are not familiar with Einemo, he fights out of Golden Glory in the Netherlands and holds a 6-1 MMA record. He last fought in November, 2006, when he submitted James Thompson with an armbar. His only loss was came at the hands of Fabricio Werdum in Pride 31, where he lost by unanimous decision.
Einemo is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stylist, and in the following video you will see how confident he and his team are about beating Carwin and becoming an instant title contender. That's a pretty tall order, considering how hard Carwin hits and how well he wrestles, not to mention 5 years of ring rust for Einemo. Still, if Einemo can pull off a victory at UFC 131, his name recognition will skyrocket and he'll be in line to fight a top five opponent right away. Huge gamble, but one worth taking.
Here's the video of Einemo at Golden Glory.