Shane CarwinLooks like rumors are starting to fly for the big fights at UFC 103.

Inside Fights is reporting that a heavyweight match-up between Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin could co-headline the card alongside a welterweight bout between Matt Hughes and Mike Swick.

A heavyweight contenders fight between prospects Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez could serve as the co-main event for UFC 103 on September 19th in Dallas, sources have told Inside Fights.

The bout, which has not been agreed to, could potentially serve as the co-main event alongside a welterweight bout between Texas native Mike Swick and future UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. The heavyweight fight would elevate either Carwin or Velasquez into instant contendership for the heavyweight title, and a win by Swick would make him the number one contender to Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight championship.

There’s a slight problem with the Velasquez-Carwin fight though. No one has told Carwin about it yet.

“Since we are on the rumor destruction train, no I am not fighting on UFC 103,” said Carwin. “I have not heard from the UFC for some time now. I am without my training partners and coaches as they are on a “camping trip”, and again, I have not heard anything about fighting anyone yet.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not going to happen, but if it is, we’ll probably find out one way or the other relatively soon. The clock’s ticking.

Moving on, did you notice how Dana backed off a bit on the Liddell retirement talk during last Saturday’s “Inside the Octagon” segment? Perhaps a way to help soften the blow in case Chuck won’t retire? It definitely looks like it because Inside Fights’ report also mentioned the UFC is currently discussing a bout between Chuck and Rich Franklin. Aparently, if Chuck refuses to hang it up, then Dana would rather him fight in the Octagon than take his star power to a competitor.