When the UFC broke the massive news that Brock Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon for UFC 200, they announced his opponent as TBD — To Be Determined. “Who are you, TBD?” announcer Joe Rogan joked. “Show yourself!”
We won’t be learning who TBD is until Monday, when UFC president Dana White will reveal Lesnar’s opponent on ESPN. But one guy who’s definitely down for a fight with the WWE superstar is retired heavyweight Shane Carwin.
Carwin and Lesnar faced off back in 2010, with Shane nearly knocking Lesnar out before gassing and getting submitted in a head and arm choke. Up until the loss to Lesnar, Carwin was considered one of the next great heavyweights. Unfortunately for him, he suffered from reoccurring back issues that got so bad they caused a bout of temporary paralysis. After struggling to stay healthy enough to compete, Carwin officially retired in 2013 with a record of 12-2.
So what are the chances the UFC takes him up on his offer to rematch Brock? We’d say not great. Brock already holds a victory over Shane, which probably makes him an unappealing option for the hyper competitive WWE superstar. And while Lesnar’s return was only announced this weekend, negotiations have been ongoing for the past few months. If Carwin was in the running to be his opponent, he’d have been in the loop by Saturday?
So who will Brock face? Well, we don’t like to participate in wild speculation, but Mark Hunt was told to prepare for a potential UFC 200 fight by UFC president Dana White. He also shared the news of Lesnar’s return on Facebook immediately after it was announced … before deleting the post shortly after. Hmmmm.