Rundown of UFC 116 pre-fight news and notes before the “biggest fight in UFC history” between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin…
— UFC 116 is a sellout. The UFC is expecting a million plus pay-per-view buys.
— UFC 116 purses: Brock Lesnar will be paid a flat fee of $400,000 + pay-per-view bonus. Meanwhile Shane Carwin will earn $40,000 to show and $40,000 to win, meaning he’ll make $80,000 if he wins. Chris Leben’s purse is slightly higher than Carwin’s at $43,000/$43,000. Yoshihiro Akiyama will earn $45,000 to show and an extra $25,000 if he wins. These numbers do not include any additional bonuses, disclosed or otherwise, or sponsorship money.
— Brock Lesnar was going to surprise Shane Carwin by fighting as a southpaw but he “messed up” and revealed his plan to the media at the open workouts.
— UFC & PRIDE veteran Ron Waterman knows both Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. Waterman mimicked Lesnar in Carwin’s training camp.
— Shane Carwin destroys punch mitts, even top-of-the-line $475 punch mitts.
Recently, the trainer bought top-of-the-line, $475 punch mitts from the Japanese equipment company, Winning. The mitts are used by many top boxers, including Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Wittman didn’t have them for a week before Carwin blew one out with a punch.
“I tried to return them and they wouldn’t take them back,” Wittman said. “They’re like, ‘All the best boxers use these. No one can punch these out.’ Kazumichi [Hayashi, Winning’s USA representative] thought I was crazy. He’s like, ‘These don’t break!’ But that’s Shane, his power is incredible.”
Brocks comments in his @UFC interviews have inspired me to decide on holding off on going to 205, and working my way to fighting him again
— Cain Velasquez gets the Lesnar-Carwin winner as soon as possible. Junior dos Santos vs. Roy Nelson winner could get title shot after that.
— Fighters make their picks below:
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