Heavyweight challenger Shane Carwin confirmed on his official website today that UFC champion Brock Lesnar will be unable to defend his title at UFC 108 on January 2 in Las Vegas, again delaying the matchup that was originally scheduled for UFC 106 later this month.
“My manager Jason Genet just told me that UFC 108 is not happening,” wrote Carwin. “Brock has Mono and what the UFC has told me is that I have earned the title shoot(sic) but I have to wait for the title holder. I hope Brock gets well soon.”
The Lesnar-Carwin matchup was likely the UFC’s last hope to have a championship headliner for the traditional blockbuster event, as lightweight title-holder BJ Penn fights just two weeks earlier at UFC 107, while Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, and Georges St-Pierre are all sidelined while recovering from injuries.
UFC 108 currently features Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva.