“Looks like I’ll be fighting October 24 in LA,” wrote Carwin on Twitter. “Excited to know. No bout agreement yet. Looks like Cain and I if all goes.”
The pair of up-and-coming heavyweights were originally rumored to co-headline UFC 103 on September 26 in Dallas alongside Mike Swick vs. Matt Hughes, but neither bout materialized for the card with Carwin-Velasquez now pushed back to UFC 104 and Swick booked to fight Martin Kampmann at the September event.
The latest moves leave UFC 103 without a main event, fueling speculation the Chuck Liddell could return to the Octagon for at least one more bout to headline the pay-per-view event, possibly against Rich Franklin.
A potential bout between Carwin and Velasquez began to be discussed after Velasquez’s UFC 99 victory over Cheick Kongo in June, which cemented his status as a contender for the heavyweight title much like Carwin did with a UFC 96 win over Gabriel Gonzaga. Both Velasquez (6-0) and Carwin (11-0) are undefeated and in line for a title shot, though each needs one more victory over top competition before fighting for the belt.
Though not yet officially announced, UFC 104 is expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between title-holder Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
[Pictured: Shane Carwin]