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Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga Slated for UFC 96; Liddell-Jardine Rematch Also Possible

Shane CarwinHeavyweights Shane Carwin and Gabriel Gonzaga are likely to clash at UFC 96 on March 7th in Columbus, Ohio, Five Ounces of Pain is reporting.

An up-and-coming heavyweight, Carwin (10-0) is undefeated in his professional career, including impressive back-to-back victories in the UFC. Carwin, a standout wrestler, compiled an 8-0 record before joining the UFC and recording first-round knockouts of Christian Wellisch and Neil Wain in a combined 2-minutes and 15-seconds.

Gonzaga (10-3) earned a heavyweight title shot with four-straight victories to open his UFC career, including his head kick knockout of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, but was defeated by Randy Couture via third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 74 in August 2007. After dropping his second-straight fight to Fabricio Werdum early this year, Gonzaga rebounded with a first-round submission of Justin McCully at UFC 86 and a first-round knockout of Josh Hendrick at UFC 91 in November.

The March bout marks a significant step up in competition for Carwin and the winner of the matchup will move significantly closer to a heavyweight title shot.

In other UFC 96 news, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, in a recent radio interview on The Tom Leykis Show, confirmed that he’s working towards a rematch with Keith Jardine at the march event. “There’s been a few names,” said Liddell. “We have Jardine listed. We want him in March.”

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