The ripple effect from yesterday’s shocking news regarding Brock Lesnar’s health and inability to compete in a scheduled bout on June 11 against Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 has resulted in a slight reshuffling of the card’s line-up after Shane Carwin, originally scheduled to face debuting grappler Jon Olav Einemo, was handed the headlining spot opposite Dos Santos.
Einemo will now face another athlete taking to the Octagon for the first time in his career, as the UFC announced Dave Herman will no longer see action against Joey Beltran at the event and will serve as Carwin’s replacement against the submission savvy heavyweight.
“Pee Wee” Herman is considered to be one of the top prospects in the division with an overall record of 20-2, including a DQ defeat, and has finished nineteen of the twenty total in-ring adversaries he’s emerged victorious against.
Additionally, Beltran has been booked against journeyman 16-3 Aaron Rosa, a veteran competitor with experience in EliteXC, Bellator, and Strikeforce. The 27-year old Texan was last seen picking up a fourth consecutive win this past March after choking Abe Wagner out in the second round of their bout at Titan FC 17.
Set for Vancouver and, in addition to the revised trio of big-boy battles, UFC 131 will also feature Ken Florian’s featherweight unveiling against 16-1 Diego Nunes, rivals Donald Cerrone and Mac Danzig mixing it up, and accomplished wrestler Mark Munoz attempting to avoid the slick submissions of dynamic BJJ blackbelt Demian Maia.